LINCOLN – Residents in Lincoln Town Council District 3 will choose between current Town Council President Keith Macksoud and former Town Council president Dean Lees Jr. in the general election.
Macksoud, an independent, said he is running for re-election based on his “record of accomplishments during his 16 years of service,” including investing in town and school buildings and utilizing excess gaming money from Twin River Casino to make “over $20 million in improvements without any tax increases.”
The sitting councilor said he takes his role as public servant seriously and has “always tried to do what is in the best interest of the town of Lincoln.”
Lees, a Democrat who previously served three terms on the Town Council, said he’s seeking the District 3 seat again because he has become increasingly concerned about “Lincoln’s inner governing practices that have, in fact, evolved into oligarchy practices.”
Lees said he is best noted for having created the first municipal court system, “which gives the power to local residents to challenge public officials who break the law.” Lees said he has developed “key skills to identify municipal, white-collar crime” and that he has identified a number of current issues facing the people of Lincoln that he hopes to address if elected.
Meet the candidates for Lincoln Town Councilor in District 3
Dean Lees Jr.
Address: 540 Angell Road
Years in community: Lifelong
Employment: Contractor/freelancer; task manager on developing strategies for municipal and county governments in cultivating alternative energy practices.
Education: Master’s degree in public administration; bachelor’s in leadership management.
Community activities/public service: Three-term councilman and former council president; appointed to a Special Legislative Commission to Review the Rules and Regulations of the Rhode Island Medical Board of Licensure and Discipline on behalf of the state of R.I.
Family: Seven generations of family in Lincoln, married 19 years to Kimberly with two children.
Address: 1817 Old Louisquisset Pike
Years in community: 25
Employment: Chief nurse anesthetist, Sturdy Memorial Hospital, 2019-present; assistant program director, Memorial Hospital of R.I., School of Nurse Anesthesia, 1992-2017; Retired from U.S. Army Reserves, 1979-2005.
Education: Providence College, bachelor’s in biology; Rhode Island College, bachelor’s in nursing; Memorial Hospital of R.I., certificate in nurse anesthesia; master’s in biology, Anna Maria College; U.S. Army Medical Department training.
Community activities/public service: District 3 councilman 2005-present and council president since 2011; Columbus Club of Lincoln #4005 president; R.I. Association of Nurse Anesthetists; RIC School of Nursing Dean’s Advisory Committee; Military Order of Foreign Wars; VFW; American Legion.
Family: Husband of Aldona (Canganelli) Macksoud; father of Eric, Shelley and Angela.