Republican Elected Officials
Dennis Algiere Senate Minority Leader Dennis L. Algiere represents District 38, which covers Westerly and part of Charlestown. He 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. Dennis began his political career in 1990, when he was elected to the Westerly Town Council. He was elected Senator on November 3, 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 is heavily involved in his community. He has served on a number of boards and committees, including: The Westerly Hospital; Lions Club of Westerly; the Westerly-Pawcatuck Joint Development Task Force; the Westerly Old Town Hall Museum; President’s Advisory Council on the Arts of the John F. Kennedy Center; the Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors; the President’s Council, Providence College; St. Pius X School; the Westerly Education Endowment Fund; and the Chorus of Westerly. Dennis has served as chairman of the Westerly Library and Wilcox Park capital campaign, the St. Pius X capital campaign, and the Westerly Police Department building committee.
Westerly Town Council
Chris Duhamel is serving his sixth term on the Westerly Town Council.
Chris is married with four children and is a professional engineer who was awarded 2008 RI engineer of the year. He has applied his experience to support the town public works and utilities improvements for water, sewer and roadways. Chris serves on several committees with tasks that has included rebuilding the town highway garage, installing a state of the art MIOX water treatment system, permitting 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. In the previous term, Chris worked to receive an $875 grant to rebuild the water tank and $1.25 MM settlement from national grid to replace a well. Chris is working on the alternative energy committee to build a wind turbine to reduce the town’s long term energy costs.
Caswell Cooke, Jr. is a six-term member of the Westerly Town Council. During his time on the Council, he has served as liaison to the North End Crime Watch and as an advocate for fiscal responsibility, alternative energy and recycling as well as dvocating for road and sidewalk as well as infrastructure improvements. He has also championed land preservation in our town. Caswell runs the Town's Blues on the Beach program. He is Executive Director and founder of the Misquamicut Business Association which promotes a family-friendly beach and has worked since 2000 to re-invent and redefine the image of Misquamicut. Caswell works on most of the events at Misquamicut including the Misquamicut Music Festival. He is co-owner of the Seafood Haven Restaurant and Breachway Pizza and Grinders. Caswell also runs Caswell Cooke Productions and provides entertainment booking for several national classic rock stars including Chad and Jeremy, Terry Sylveser of The Hollies and Denny Laine of Wings and The Moody Blues. Caswell is a lifelong resident of Westerly, is on the Board of Directors for the Chorus of Westerly, a communicant of Christ Church, former Chair of the Westerly Republican Town Committee, Delegate to RI GOP State Central Committee, 2008 McCain Delegate and Vice Chairman. Caswell attended St. Pius X Grammar School, Prout High School and Boston University. Caswell is engaged to Sara Albanese and has a daughter, Madelyn Margaret Cooke born in May of this year.
Westerly School Committee
David "Jay" Goodman is serving his second term on the School Committe. He grew up in southeastern Connecticut, attending St. Bernard’s High School and Trinity College. After getting his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado in 1995, he taught at Colorado State University in Pueblo for 10 years, becoming a department chair in 2001. He currently runs a small business that makes leak detection equipment for the retail petroleum industry. Jay has lived with his wife Connie, also a small business owner, and their three children Hope, Hedy and Hayes in Westerly since 2004. They attend Dunn’s Corners Community Church where Jay is a trustee. This summer they hosted their first child through the Fresh Air Fund. Jay also serves on the Westerly School Committee’s Strategic Financial Planning Subcommittee.