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COVENTRY â€” Democratic Town Committee Chairman Gary Cote, resigned his seat just before the financial town meeting June 10.
â€śI was away for a week and when I come back itâ€™s to see whatâ€™s being posted and handed out to the voters regarding the town councilâ€™s decision to not include money in the townâ€™s budget for the schools.
â€śIâ€™m just tired of fighting,â€ť he said.
Cote was referring to fellow party members Judi Liner and Kathy Patenaude passing out flyers asking voters to vote in favor if the tax increase to fund the schools.
â€śSheâ€™s berating the town council for not approving the school departmentâ€™s request,â€ť he said. â€śBelieve me, I am all for education but I was also elected to look out for the taxpayers, not just those with children in the schools and in good conscience, I canâ€™t support it and itâ€™s more ethical for me to walk away.â€ť
School Committee Chairwoman Kathy Patenaude said she had no idea he resigned and the first time she heard it was when The Courier contacted her for comment.
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