The following op-ed was written and submitted by David Allard, Democratic candidate for Rhode Island Senate District 13.

Work Here, Live Here

One of the values that was instilled in me from an early age was the value of work. My father recently celebrated 50 years in the Laborer’s Union; his job was important to our family, and the powerful example of him going to work day in and day out continues to be one of the key influences in my life. I’m sure that many of us have similar stories about family members who taught us by their example.

Unfortunately, many people here in district 13 and all over Rhode Island cannot find jobs and are being forced to relocate. New graduates are forced to leave our state and people remain unemployed or underemployed. And we run the risk of falling behind on jobs in the new economy.

This needs to change—we need to create jobs in this district that offer people the opportunity to live and work here.

One of the many things I admire about President Pavia-Weed is her commitment to the transformation of the City’s North End, now known as the Knowledge District. I share that commitment, which for her as for me, is born out of a desire to create new jobs for our residents, breathe new life into an under-utilized area of the city, and to give Newport a winning platform for economic prosperity. The potent combination of the city and the state working collaboratively to create this district will yield dividends particularly for our younger residents who seek employment opportunities in the city in which they live.

As the old truism goes, a rising tide lifts all boats. In the same way, creating jobs will benefit all of the constituents in our district. I think about my father’s example, and it inspires me to work hard in my endeavors. Should I have the privilege of representing this district in the General Assembly, I will work with the business community, state and local government, and the constituents of Newport and Jamestown to bring good jobs to this district and keep them here.

David Allard

Candidate for Rhode Island Senate District 13

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).