Brad Bishop To Run For Town Council

Bishop says the experience he’s gained serving on the Planning Board – where he’s chair – would benefit the council.

After eight years on the Planning Board, Brad Bishop announced Tuesday he will run for Town Council in the upcoming election.

“I do really like contributing back to the town,” he said. “On a more practical level, I have expertise that would be useful.” He cited the extensive work done by the Planning Board on the town’s new Comprehensive Plan and its efforts to bring more state-mandated affordable housing in town. Bishop has served as chair of the Planning Board since 2008.

In addition, the town’s recent spate of arrests – an armed robbery and two break ins in May, and a raid on an alleged drug house earlier this month – has made safety an issue for Bishop.

“I’ve most recently become acutely aware of law-enforcement issues facing the town,” he said. Bishop happens to live next door to the house on Adirondack Drive raided June 8. “The town has to protect its assets all across the board and needs to continue to fund law enforcement.”

“Our current council members, who are all Republicans, are setting the right priorities, and Town Manager Bill Sequino is doing a great job delivering value for our tax dollars. But the success we are having doesn’t just happen. I think I can bring a new perspective and some different experience to the Town Council,” said Bishop, who is also vice chairman of the East Greenwich Republican Town Committee.

Bishop, 54, is a native of Connecticut, and lived in Washington D.C. and Massachusetts before moving to East Greenwich in 2003. He holds a BA in economics and political science from Denison University in Ohio, and an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He is a senior executive with Smartpak Equine in Plymouth, Mass. Bishop is married to Beth Rodewig, an artist and triathlete.

The Town Council is made up of five members who serve two-year terms. As of last week, three members – Council President Michael Isaacs, Mark Gee, and Jeff Cianciolo – have said they will run for re-election. Tuesday afternoon, Henry Boezi said in an interview he would not seek re-election. Mike Kiernan has not announced his intentions. [UPDATE 6/20: Kiernan said he will run for re-election.]

Bishop said he decided to announce now – a week before the filing papers are due – because he wanted to send a message.

“I thought about this. I’m declaring now because I want to make sure people know I am very interested in this,” he said.


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