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Stephanie Calise will run as a Republican in Senate District 11 race


Stephanie Calise, a Bristol resident, announced on Tuesday that she will run as a Republican in the upcoming Senate District 11 (Bristol, Tiverton, Portsmouth) race.

Calise will run against Senator James Seveney, a Democrat in November.

Stephanie Calise will officially announce her candidacy for State Senate on Friday, May 4th at 12:30 pm at the Bristol Town Common, with the promise of “helping more Rhode Islanders to stay in their home state”.

“For too long, a progressive policy culture has forced our citizens to seek greener pastures elsewhere, dividing families. In order to restore economic prosperity, we must work to create a place where our talented people can afford to stay, so that together we can build a better Ocean State”, Calise says in the Facebook announcement.

Calise also says, “Corporate welfare, lack of transparency, and a pass the buck mentality has made it nearly impossible for struggling families to maintain a household without having to rely on some sort of assistance from the government. Retirees and recent college graduates are leaving in waves. Grandparents are forced to miss milestone events and baseball games, because they are no longer across the street or at minimum across a bridge. Our best and brightest, that we so diligently and rightfully educated, have no choice but to seek employment elsewhere.”

“In the 2016 election, Calise ran for General Assembly in District 53, and in 2014 for Glocester Town Council. She is committed to public service and has a long history of community involvement as chairman of the Glocester Republican Town Committee, vice-chairman of the Ancients and Horribles 4th of July Parade Committee, little league softball coach, brownie troop leader, and as a PTO volunteer,” the announcement states. “Shortly before Calise moved to Bristol early this year, she joined the Christmas Festival Committee, and has volunteered with her children at the Breakfast With Santa event this past December”.

Rhode Island General Assembly District 53 includes portions of Smithfield and Glocester. According to the Rhode Island Board of Elections, Incumbent Thomas Winfield defeated Stephanie Westgate in the Rhode Island House of Representatives District 53 general election, 57.21% to 42.79%.

According to the statement, Calise was a member of the RI Federation of Republican Women, is a member of RI Young Republicans, and attends America Future Foundation and Republican Liberty Caucus meetings regularly. She graduated from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor of Science degree in justice studies. She attended UMASS Dartmouth School of Law before deciding to attend the University of Rhode Island to work toward her master’s degree in public administration.

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Calise Offers A Bold New Direction For Bristol, Tiverton, and Portsmouth Citizens In Senate 11 Race

Struggling families deserve better than a pass the buck mentality

Bristol, RI—Stephanie Calise will announce her candidacy for state senate on Friday, May 4th , which happens to be Rhode Island’s Independence Day, at 12:30pm at the Bristol Town Common, with the promise of helping more Rhode Islanders to stay in their home state. For too long, a progressive policy culture has forced our citizens to seek greener pastures elsewhere, dividing families. In order to restore economic prosperity, we must work to create a place where our talented people can afford to stay, so that together we can build a better Ocean State.

Calise says, “Corporate welfare, lack of transparency, and a pass the buck mentality has made it nearly impossible for struggling families to maintain a household without having to rely on some sort of assistance from the government. Retirees and recent college graduates are leaving in waves. Grandparents are forced to miss milestone events and baseball games, because they are no longer across the street or at minimum across a bridge. Our best and brightest, that we so diligently and rightfully educated, have no choice but to seek employment elsewhere.”

In the 2016 election, Calise ran for General Assembly in District 53, and in 2014 for Glocester Town Council. She is committed to public service, and has a long history of community involvement as chairman of the Glocester Republican Town Committee, vice-chairman of the Ancients and Horribles 4th of July Parade Committee, little league softball coach, brownie troop leader, and as a PTO volunteer. Shortly before Calise moved to Bristol early this year, she joined the Christmas Festival Committee, and has volunteered with her children at the Breakfast With Santa event this past December.

Calise was a member of the RI Federation of Republican Women, is a member of RI Young Republicans, and attends America Future Foundation and Republican Liberty Caucus meetings regularly. She is planning to hit the ground running soon by canvasing neighborhoods in the Senate 11 district,which encompasses part of Bristol, Tiverton, and Portsmouth.

Calise has three children. Their ages are nineteen, sixteen, and five. She is a lifelong Rhode Island resident committed to, “doing everything she can to help improve the quality of life for citizens and families within the state that she so dearly loves.”

She believes that our veterans deserve better healthcare treatment options and at minimum some form of tax relief to reflect adequate payment for their sacrifice to the citizens of the United States.

And finally, she feels that the focus and goal of legislation should be first and foremost to it’s citizens and those legally in pursuit of citizenship. As a decedent of Italian immigrants, she believes in the pursuit of the American Dream, but feels that sincere effort must be made to reform the process. The drain on the already seriously defunct department of human services and lack of collaboration between ICE and government agencies is painfully obvious. Rhode Islanders deserve so much better.

She graduated from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor of Science degree in justice studies. She attended UMASS Dartmouth School of Law before deciding to attend the University of Rhode Island to work toward her master’s degree in public administration.

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