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Deborah A. Carney - Town Council

During the last two years as the Vice President of the Town Council, Deb Carney successfully accomplished the following: 

  • Stood up for Charlestown’s residents and led the effort to secure a tax reduction for all of Charlestown's taxpayers for Fiscal Year 2019-2020.  Because of Deb Carney’s tenacity, Charlestown taxpayers saw a reduction in the tax rate from $9.64 per thousand of assessed valuation down to $9.23.  Her efforts stopped the other Councilors' $3.1 million unknown construction project and secured the Town's surplus so the money was available to further reduce the tax rate for Fiscal Year 2020-2021. Despite being in the minority on the Town Council, Deb Carney fought so that all of Charlestown’s residents would benefit.

  • Initiated the Town Council Resolution to request that the State enact legislation to clearly define and guarantee the people's rights to access the shore.

  • As the lone voice on the Town Council, Deb insisted that the upcoming Town-wide survey be sent to all Charlestown's residents and taxpayers so that all voices will be heard.

  • Worked with the Chariho Cowboys to finally secure the use of temporary lights for Puchalski Field so that the children could safely practice football and cheer-leading.

  • Proposed a Fund Balance Policy that would ensure the Town's Emergency Reserve Funds would not be depleted by potentially unwise spending proposals while ensuring that the Emergency Reserve Funds will not grow to excess through taxation of residents.

  • Proposed and spearheaded the first Neighborhood Cleanup Day. 

For two decades, Deborah Carney has been a passionate advocate for the residents of Charlestown. As both an elected and appointed official for Charlestown and the Chariho School District, Deb has tirelessly worked for the entire community.


Deborah was elected to the Town Council in 2018 and currently serves as Vice-President.  Deb previously served as the Charlestown Town Council President from 2002 to 2006 and was elected to the Chariho School Committee and served from 2008 to 2012.


In addition to serving ten years in elected office, Deb has also taken leadership roles on other committees in Charlestown. In 2002 Deb was the Chair of the Chariho Entrance, Expansion and Exit Committee, and from 2007 to 2008 she served as Chair of the Charter Revision Committee. Additionally, since 2006, Deb has served as Charlestown’s representative on the Chariho Audit Sub-committee.


In all of these positions, Deb has always listened to her constituents and put the needs of Charlestown and its residents at the forefront of her decision-making.


With her husband and son, Deb has lived in Charlestown for twenty-four years. She is a Commercial Rated Pilot, a Certified Flight Instructor and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Daniel Webster College. For the past eighteen years, she has managed her family’s power tool and fastener business.  Her personal and professional experience gives her the insight and experience necessary to continue to serve Charlestown as an elected official.


“When they cast their vote, people should trust that their candidate will work for them and serve honorably and with the people’s best interests in mind. Elected officials must listen to different voices and engage in open discussion to ensure that they give all residents fair consideration and treat them equally. If I am re-elected to the Charlestown Town Council, I will continue to listen to all Charlestown residents and make decisions that benefit the many.


I have proven that when I give my word, I keep my word. I will work to ensure that the Town-wide survey is completed and that priorities that are identified by the residents are not ignored.  As I have demonstrated in the past, I will work tirelessly and passionately to ensure that Charlestown remains a community in which families and businesses will thrive.”