Lauren Niedel, a 22 year resident of Glocester has officially declared her candidacy for her Town Council. Motivated by the Council’s dismissive response to her call to action against the proposed Burrillville fracked gas power plant Lauren decided that the only way to make change is to become the change.
The Glocester Town Council is made up of 5 men, no democrats, and does not reflect the makeup of the people in town or their vision. Her main platform items will be to stop the Clear River Energy Center, create a NW RI Renewable Energy task force, Open up communication channels for residents and make the Town Council much more transparent. Lauren also wants to create two intern positions for Ponaganset High School Seniors to update the town’s archaic website and a to have a student ambassador as a liaison.
“Our town functions as if it is 1990,” says Lauren, “it is time to bring it into the 21st century and that cannot be done with our existing Town Council members. Our rural way of life has to be preserved but we don’t live in a bubble and it is time we govern that way.”
Lauren is a sales professional with 2 grown children and has been married for over 30 years. Her children Joel and Hannah both graduated from Ponaganset High School school system. Joel is entering his 4th year at New England College – majoring in Environmental Science and Hannah works for the Federal Government in Maryland. Her Husband David has been employed by the Foster/Glocester school system for over 15 years.
This past year Lauren was one of the leading organizers for RI Bernie Sanders 2016 campaign. She is also a delegate for Sanders and will be taking part in the July DNC Convention. Since 2013 she has been the Deputy State Coordinator of the RI Progressive Democrats. She is also a contributing writer for RI Future.
[From a press release]