Editor's note: This is the latest in a series of articles/videos in Woonsocket Patch's coverage of the Sept. 24 Candidates Night, now turning to City Council incumbents.
City Councilman Christopher Beauchamp, serving on the council since 2007, is asking voters for another term this year, despite initial misgivings, to be a part of the solution for the City's challenges.
At Candidates Night at Chan's Sept. 24, Beauchamp said he was very discouraged about the city's situation, including City oversight by the Budget Commission, and had decided not to run. But, he said, friends and family convinced him to run again so he could be part of the solution for Woonsocket's problems.
Beauchamp's approach to those problems during Council meetings is often practical and based on past successes.
Beauchamp cited the Highland Park Industrial Park, built decades ago. "Without Highland Park, none of us would be here," Beauchamp said, "I mean, the amount of jobs, revenue that Highland Park created, was economic development." Beauchamp said a better area for cutting the budget would be to privatize the DPW department.
Woonsocket Patch asked each Council candidate a series of questions about their approach to the city's challenges, but was not able to reach Beauchamp for his responses.