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Candidate uses debt clock in campaign

August 17, 2012

Scott Rotondo, a Republican candidate for City Council in District 6, watches as Bill Greenwood and his son, David, change the numbers on the national debt clock that Greenwood keeps on his Sayles Avenue house. As the national debt is almost at $16 trillion, both Rotondo and Greenwood say change is called for at all levels of government.

PAWTUCKET — For the past 15 years, Bill Greenwood has been tracking the nation's debt on his own version of the national debt clock that is posted on the front of his Sayles Avenue home. Now, with the figure about to hit the $16 trillion mark, Greenwood is once again calling for a change in the way government operates, and the local Republican candidate for City Council has joined his cause.
Scott Rotondo, a Power Road resident who works in accounting at Hasbro, Inc., is running in a three-way race against incumbent District 6 Councilor James Chadwick and Democratic candidate Timothy P. Rudd Jr. He said Greenwood's debt clock is a glaring example of the need to vote incumbents out of office, at the local, state and national levels.
Rotondo said the national debt, now standing at “a number so large we can't even comprehend it,” is a concern to everyone, both in Pawtucket and all across America. He noted that a little over 30 years ago, the figure stood at roughly $1 trillion, and said the high escalation rate that has occurred over this time period is alarming.

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