Rhode Island Political News: May 2022

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Valencia, a progressive Democrat who served in the House from 2011 to 2014, said he intended to run a low-cost campaign and accept no donations. If elected, he will accept no salary and will work to eliminate the post of lieutenant governor, he said.

“The Rhode Islanders deserve the best and most efficient government,” Valencia said. “Eliminating this position saves millions of dollars each election cycle. If we had eliminated the Lieutenant Governor in 1986, when Bob Healey first ran, we could have saved $40 million or more by now. That’s why I’m running – to be the last lieutenant governor.

Former State Rep. Larry Valencia, Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor.Handout

Healey, who died in 2016, ran for lieutenant governor in 2002, 2006 and 2010, vowing to get rid of the job if he got it.

Valencia joins a Democratic field that includes Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos, Senator Cynthia Mendes and Representative Deborah L. Ruggiero. The Republican field includes Paul E. Pence Jr. and Jeann Lugo.

Valencia, 63, now works for Foundation Medicine, Inc. in Cambridge, Mass., as a technical writer and lives in Cranston and Narragansett. He represented House District 39, which includes Richmond, Exeter and Hopkinton. While living in Richmond, he served for 12 years on the Zoning Review Board, chaired the Economic Development Commission, and twice chaired the Home Rule Charter Commission.

May 6, 2022

League of Conservation Voters Fund Supports Magaziner

The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, which works to elect pro-environment candidates, endorsed Democratic Treasurer General Seth Magaziner in the race for the 2nd congressional district on Friday.

“Seth Magaziner has a proven track record of working to grow our clean energy economy and fighting for the solutions we need to fight the climate crisis,” said Tiernan Sittenfeld, senior vice president of government affairs at the fund. “We are thrilled to support his campaign for Congress because we know he will continue to stand up for our environment and our democracy and be a strong voice in Congress for clean energy, justice and jobs.”

Magaziner said he was honored to get the endorsement. “As treasurer, I created new clean energy programs that install solar panels on rooftops and help small businesses switch to wind and other renewable energy sources,” said- he declared. “In Congress, I will continue the fight for clean air, clean water, and clean energy infrastructure that will create good jobs while reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.”

May 5, 2022

Senate Majority Leader McCaffrey backs Diossa

Senate Majority Leader Michael J. McCaffrey on Thursday endorsed former Central Falls Mayor James A. Diossa as state treasurer.

McCaffrey, a Democrat from Warwick, released a statement, saying Diossa had the experience Rhode Island needed in its next general treasurer.

“James was elected for 10 years, and during that time he proved he had the ability to get things done,” he said. “James was a mayor and knows the importance of sound management practices. I am confident he will inspire the next generation of Rhode Islanders with his leadership and personal story.

Diossa, a Democrat, is the only candidate to have announced he is running for the seat that limited-time Treasurer Seth Magaziner is vacating to run for Congress. But other candidates are considering entering the race.

May 5, 2022

Senator Goodwin endorses Diossa for treasurer position

Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin, a Providence Democrat who chairs the Democratic City of Providence committee, endorses former Central Falls mayor James A. Diossa as treasurer.

“James Diossa is exactly the type of leader we need in the Treasurer’s Office,” Goodwin said in a statement Wednesday. “When he became mayor 10 years ago, James inherited a crisis. In bringing his hometown out of bankruptcy, he showed incredible leadership. James has the integrity, the courage and the experience needed to be a champion of every city and town and to drive economic growth in every corner of this state.

Goodwin is the fifth senator to endorse Diossa, including Ana B. Quezada of Providence, Meghan Kallman of Pawtucket, Alana M. DiMario of North Kingstown and Diossa’s fiancée Sandra Cano of Pawtucket.

May 2, 2022

NEA PAC supports Magaziner, Cicilline for Congress

The National Education Association Rhode Island Education Political Action Committee recommends that the National Teachers Union endorse Democratic General Treasurer Seth Magaziner in the 2nd Congressional District and Democratic U.S. Representative David N. Cicilline in the 1st congressional district.

NEA RI President Larry Purtill will present the group’s recommendations at the May 12 national meeting of the National Education Association’s NEA Fund for Children and Public Education Policy Action Committee in Washington, D.C.

Magaziner is running for the seat that Democratic US Representative James R. Langevin will vacate at the end of the year, while Cicilline seeks re-election.

On Saturday, about 25 union members listened to presentations by six of the Democratic candidates for the 2nd congressional district and said they were “impressed by the demonstration of various qualifications” – “Cameron Moquin for his admirable dedication to service, the remarkable personal journey and compelling insight from Omar Bah, Sarah Morgenthau’s knowledge and insight into Washington, Seth Magaziner’s background in education and more than seven years of service as General Treasurer, Joy Fox’s deep roots in the District and years of experience in both Rhode Island and Washington, and David Segal’s ability to work collaboratively to advance progressive ideals.

The Republican candidates for the 2nd Congressional District – former Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung and former Representative Robert B. Lancia – were invited but declined to participate.

“After careful deliberation, the committee recommended Seth Magaziner based on our past support of his work, his strong advocacy for our issues, and his strength as the best-positioned candidate to continue the member’s decades-long work. of the Langevin Congress,” Purtill said.

Committee chair Amy Mullen said the PACE committee “was particularly impressed with Segal’s vast experience and Fox’s commitment to listening to local concerns, but the group overwhelmingly agreed that Treasurer Magaziner deserved our support”.

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Edward Fitzpatrick can be contacted at edward.fitzpatrick@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @FitzProv.

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