Chris Semonelli, Newport County Mentor/Co-Op Group. 2015 © Cat Laine.

Middletown resident Chris Semonelli today shared the following announcement regarding his intent to run for Rhode Island House of Representatives District 72.

The seat is currently held by Terri-Denise Cortvriend, who is seeking re-election. Republican Kenneth Mendonca also declared his candidacy for the seat.

Semonelli’s full announcement

Chris Semonelli seeks Rhode Island representative district 72 seat.  It would be an honor to serve the residents of district 72 (Middletown and Portsmouth), in the Rhode Island House of representatives.

As a three-term, experienced Middletown Town Councilor, including President, and vocal participant in many state house initiatives, such as, a proponent of Rhode Island business no Tax day, the no new bridge toll campaign, the 2018 proposed disability budget reduction, or Senator DiPalma’s Project Sustainability Commission, know your voice and interests will be front and center in all debates, deliberations and decisions.

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As a member of the RI DD council, Treasurer of Accessible Health Care RI, and the RI Force parent advocacy group, I welcome the opportunity to ensure Rhode Island’s most vulnerable populations are appropriately represented and protected.  I will continue to apply my time in advocating for increased investment in education, especially in STEAM.

We are in challenging times and need to take proactive steps to protect Newport County’s budget allocations from the state, especially in Middletown and Portsmouth.

Thank you and I ask you for your support.  You can count on me to get results.

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