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Republican Elected Officials

Senate District 38
(Westerly, Charlestown, South Kingstown)

Dennis AlgiereDennis Algiere is a Westerly native who graduated from Westerly High School and now works as a senior vice-president for The Washington Trust Company in downtown Westerly. He began his political career in 1990, when he was elected to the Westerly Town Council. He was elected Senator in 1992 and appointed Senate Deputy Minority Leader in 1995. In 1997, the Republican caucus elected him Minority Leader. In that capacity, he is an ex-officio member of all Senate committees. Dennis serves on a number of boards and committees, including the Chorus of Westerly and The Westerly Old Town Hall Museum. He is chairman of the Westerly Library and Wilcox Park capital campaign and building committee. He also served as chairman of the Westerly Police Department building committee, and served on the board of Westerly Hospital, on the President's Advisory Council on the Arts at the John F. Kennedy Center and on the Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Dennis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Providence College in 1982, a M.S. degree from Northeastern University and J.D. from Southern New England School of Law.

Westerly Town Council

Chris Duhamel Chris Duhamel has served on the Westerly Town Council since 2002 and as a professional engineer, he applies his experience to support the town public works and utilities improvements for water, sewer and roadways. Chris has served on several key committees included the rebuilding of the town highway garage, installation of a state of the art MIOX water treatment system, permitting for a new drinking water well, re-writing the town comprehensive plan, supporting Stand Up for Animals building project, supporting the police reserve training, and supporting vision 20/20 high school renovation to name a few. Chris also worked to receive an $875 grant to rebuild the water tank and $1.25 MM settlement from national grid to replace a well. Chris will continue to bring his engineering and infrastructure improvement expertise to the Westerly Town Council.

Jean Gagnier Jean Gagnier has spent more than two decades serving the community. Jean served on the former Westerly Public Works committee, as well as on the Alternative Energy and Affordable Housing committees. He is currently the owner of Fix-It Home Services. Prior to becoming a small business owner, Jean worked for over twenty-five years in Information Technology where he gained extensive experience in project management, vendor management, and systems design with Washington Trust, Stanley Works, and Accenture Consulting. Jean earned a bachelor's degree in History from the University of Rhode Island and a certificate in computer programming from the Computer Processing Institute. He received an honorable discharge as a US Marine Non-Commission Officer, and attended USMC Radio School in Camp Geiger, North Carolina. Jean is President and co-founder of the Wilcox East Neighborhood Association. He serves on many boards and committees including the Immaculate Conception Church Finance Board, is a Fort Building Leader for the Ocean Communities YMCA's Camp Watchaug, and is a member of the South County Habitat for Humanity. Jean is also a Student Mentor for Westerly Public Schools and a substitute Middle School Teacher. Jean lives in Westerly with his wife Lily.

Phil Overton Phil Overton is a Certified Financial Planner for Prudential Financial where he has worked since 1983. Phil's expertise is in debt counseling, investment planning, retirement planning, estate planning, tax planning, protection planning and major expense planning. Phil received an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration from Mohegan Community College, Norwich, CT. He served Active Duty in the U. S. Coast Guard from 1979 to 1983 where he graduated first in his company during basic training, and was awarded the Honor Graduate award as well as many medals and ribbons. Phil left active duty military service in 1985 when he received an honorable discharge. Phil is also a professional diver who loves ship wreck exploration, spear fishing and underwater photography and is certified PADI Divemaster and Rescue diver. Phil lives in Westerly with his wife Faye.

Westerly School Committee

Marianne Nardone Marianne Nardone has more than forty years in a public school system in many different capacities - as a Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Grants Coordinator, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Instruction, and Acting Superintendent - she understands firsthand what works and what doesn't work in a classroom and in a school district. Marianne is committed to making our schools stronger by ensuring that our students become responsible adults and are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. She believes that this can only be accomplished by developing a long-range strategic plan/vision for Westerly schools and by prudently and effectively managing our limited budget and resources, whether in investing in educational programs or staff, capital improvements, or maintaining our schools. Her ultimate goal is ensure that Westerly can provide a positive and safe learning environment for every student. Marianne holds a B.S., M.A., C.A.G.S.; Doctor of Education (Ed. D.) in Educational Administration, Policy and Planning. She served as secretary of the Westerly School Facilities Committee which oversaw an $18.3 M bond for the renovating/wiring of seven schools, as well as the building of Springbrook Elementary School. She was served as a member of Westerly Hospital's Personnel and Compensation Board, on the Westerly Library and Park Capital Campaign, as the Chairperson for the Shelter Harbor Fire District, Clerk, member of the Board of Governors, a Rotary International Member. She is a Paul Harris Fellow and member of the Westerly College Club.

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