Welcome to TIVERTON 1st!

Tiverton 1st is a grassroots community organization open to all who support preserving our quality of life in Tiverton by maintaining both our community and school services in a fiscally-responsible way, and promoting cooperation, compromise and community pride.
Membership is open to all Tiverton residents who are at least 18 years old & support Tiverton 1st's principles & goals (non-residents or those under 18 years old are welcome to join as non-voting members). There's no membership fee.Just email your name, address, phone # and email address to: Tiverton1st@cox.net.
You can also request to become a "Tiverton 1st Friend"& join our confidential email list.

Thursday, October 23, 2014


Thanks again to all who've contributed to Tiverton 1st's efforts to reach Tiverton voters. The response has been tremendous, and generous. As we near our deadline to move forward with outreach efforts, we are within a few hundred dollars of what we need to print & mail our voter cards. If you support T1's efforts to build a stronger community, please consider sending a contribution, of any amount, to: 

Tiverton 1st, 374 Judson St, Tiverton RI 02878.

Every little bit can help make the difference on November 4.


A letter to the people of Tiverton

I want to thank the people of Tiverton for granting me the honor and privilege of serving you for these past six years.  Since first being elected I have tried to work hard for all the people of Tiverton, taking into account what benefits all the people, not just a few.  I firmly believe that any elected official must refrain from bringing his or her personal agenda to the table, but work for the greater good.  This does not mean that you don’t have favorite causes, but they should be weighed on how they affect the entire town.

As a Councilman, I realized that I was only a steward of our town, there to work for the benefit of the town and not for personal gain or glory.  Through these six years I have seen councils evolve from petty rivalries and bickering to a group who can disagree, but work with one goal in mind and that is the betterment of Tiverton.

As the next election looms ahead I would like to tell those who will receive the honor of serving this town to remember, you are elected to serve all the people of Tiverton, work to build Tiverton and not tear it down, and lastly remember these two words, respect and compromise.

I just want to add that I find it comical that there are candidates and others who are attacking me in letters in local newspapers. Why?  Are they so insecure that think I wield such power that they need to come after me even though I am not a candidate?  Or are they so self serving as to think that theirs is the only view that is correct.  Are these the same people that claim how much they care about our Town, but continue a six year law suit, or unfounded Charter complaints?  

I ask all the people of Tiverton to ask yourself, do you want to live in a Town that is moving forward or taking a step back to pettiness and small minded thinking?  Please think about this on Election Day.

Again thank you to the people of Tiverton, it was my privilege to serve you, though I will not in office, I am not going away, this is our town and I will continue to care and work for it.  I only hope in some small way I have made Tiverton a better place.

Thank you,
Edward A. Roderick

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


We have been inundated with negative letters and blogs as of late, signaling another election season. Some candidates will tell you how horrible the town is, and how horrible it will continue to be, unless of course “they” are elected.

But, here’s the thing Tiverton, we have lots to be proud of. The last two years we were lead by officials that rolled up their sleeves and got things done. Elected officials and private citizens fought and reversed the tolls, a town-wide celebration tradition was brought back to life with support from the Town Council, Fort Barton Elementary was named one of the top schools in the nation by the US Dept. of Education, Tiverton and State officials found a replacement bus desperately needed for our seniors, the Council and Water Authority ensured that Stafford Pond, a vital source of drinking water, has much needed protections.
Our local officials demonstrated that we can maintain services and keep taxes low, that we can address long-term issues facing our town without tearing each other apart with endless legal actions and name-calling, and that we can support small businesses while protecting home owners. Just to name a few.

Don’t let small vocal minority special interest groups decide what kind of Tiverton you will live in. Some have never seen a service they weren’t willing to cut, an educational program they weren’t eager to sacrifice, a school or fire station they weren’t anxious to close, or positive news they weren't ready to ignore.

I am proud to have the support of the Tiverton Democratic Town Committee and Tiverton 1st in the upcoming election. Join me in supporting those candidates who will treat all residents and elected officials with respect, seeking to compromise for the betterment of the community. “Our way or the highway,” name calling, and lawsuits have never served our residents, but they will feed egos and provide political talking points. We won’t agree on everything, but we can stop selling Tiverton short!

Deborah Pallasch
Candidate for School Committee

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


As election day nears, it's important that people write and submit letters to the local papers. There have been a number of angry, negative letters making false accusations, and running down Tiverton. While this viewpoint represents a small faction, it can give a false impression if those are the only letters out there. 

Please consider sharing your views on Tiverton and this election with a Letter to the Editor. It's simple to submit one online, and doesn't have to be lengthy or elaborate. Don't let our positive message be drowned out by those with self-serving agendas.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Tiverton 1st is once again working to help elect public officials who will work together for the good of our community. While we successfully communicate through social media and other means, there are over 10,000 registered voters in Tiverton. It is a major challenge to reach all these voters with our list of recommended candidates, and the reasons it's so important to get out and vote for them in the November election.

One crucial means to reach as many of our neighbors as possible is through the use of voter cards, which can be mailed to voters' homes, as well as handed out at the polls. There is a considerable cost to print and distribute these cards. If you share Tiverton 1st's pro-community goals, please consider contributing to support our efforts. 100% of funds raised will be used to get our information to voters. This will also help us compete with deep-pocketed groups with self-serving agendas, who have inundated voters with mailers and robocalls in previous elections.

Tiverton 1st is a grassroots organization with a simple goal: to bring people together to work for a better Tiverton community. It's people of many views and backgrounds, neighbors united for the common good.  Join us and help preserve and improve the Tiverton we love. Please consider contributing to Tiverton 1st's efforts by sending a check to: 

Tiverton 1st, 374 Judson St, Tiverton RI 02878. 

Working together, we can keep Tiverton First - Tiverton Proud!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


The following is a statement from Cecil Leonard, one of Tiverton 1st's recommended candidates for Budget Committee:

I am a candidate for the Tiverton Budget Committee because of my
interest in the “well being” of our community.  In addition I have
substantial experience in corporate management as well as management
within a state government agency and in recent years served as
Tiverton Town Treasurer, a three term member of the Town Council and
chaired a charter review commission.  Thus I am well qualified to
carry out the duties and responsibilities of a budget committee member
to review budget requests from Town departments.  The Budget Committee
duties as stated, in part, within the Tiverton Home Rule Charter are
“…in which review the Committee shall consider both the supporting
evidence for each requested budget expenditure and the ability of the
Town to support the level of the service recommended…”.

My committee work would be guided by what is best for all Tiverton
citizens, including children, while spending tax dollars wisely.

To be brief my membership on the Tiverton Budget Committee would offer
reliable and experienced representation for Tiverton citizens on how
their tax dollars are spent. I respectfully ask that you vote for me
on election day November 4th.

Cecil Leonard
Candidate for
Tiverton Budget Committee

Monday, October 13, 2014


A live TV forum featuring ten of the twelve candidates for Town Council, produced by the Newport Daily News and NCTV. It can be seen replaying on Cox cable channel 18 until Election Day, and can be viewed at the link below.