Garzone aims for open Dist. 2 Council seat

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Plenty of local officials have kind words to say about District 2 Town Council candidate Lauren Garzone.

People like Richard J. DelFino Jr., the highly-respected chairman of the Johnston Democratic Town Committee, will tell you, “Lauren is running unopposed for the District 2 Town Council seat, yet its impressive that she’s working real hard, almost as just as if she is facing a tough and/or veteran opponent.”

Mayor Joseph Polisena and other town officials, meanwhile, would offer, “Lauren is a well-educated, compassionate person who was born in Johnston and will bring many different values as well as professionalism and public service experiences to the District 2 seat on the Town Council.”

“We went to the same school,” Polisena mused while noting that he and Garzone are both graduates of Winsor Hill Elementary School, though they attended many years apart. Lauren also served on the Johnston School Committee from 2014-18 and as a member of the Johnston Planning Board.

Thus, it comes as no surprise that Garzone this week offered: “My constituents and I are ecstatic with the fact that Market Basket is being built in town and I’m looking forward to helping our current administration continue the great economic development we have going on here in Johnston.”

In that regard, Garzone wanted it known: “We in the town of Johnston are fortunate that this is the fourth year in a row we have not had a tax increase. I will continue to work with the administration to call on our senators and representatives in the General Assembly to fight for and maintain the funding for municipalities in this year’s state budget.”

As she further expanded upon her platform, Garzone emphasized: “I also look forward to working with the administration to continue to bring business into the town to keep our residents taxes stable. There has been $1.5 billion in new businesses and continued improvement to our infrastructure as well as new rescues and life-saving equipment for our fire/rescue departments.”

Moreover, the St. Mary’s Academy Bay View graduate, who enjoys chess and once played tennis at Elmira College, said she “has a passion for maintaining leadership, communication, collaboration and integrity with an honest work ethic.”

For those people who don’t know Garzone, she has been an active member of the Johnston Democratic Town Committee and State Democratic Committee for Women for District 13. Additionally, Garzone has been employed with the city of Providence for the past 17-plus years and an adjunct faculty member at the Providence campus of Roger Williams University.

Garzone has been a lifelong resident in District 2, except for when she attended Elmira College in New York where she received a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts with a minor in business and when she earned a master’s degree at the Philadelphia Institute of Paralegal Training in conjunction with the University in Philadelphia.

During her earlier years, Garzone served as a certified volunteer for Hospice Care of Philadelphia, where she assisted with raising funds.

So, as Garzone said earlier this week: “My experience on the School Committee, my employment in the tax assessor’s office with the city of Providence and my employment in the legal field in Philadelphia has given me much experience and familiarity with the budget and contract issues as well as assisting with constituent issues and needs.”

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