Over the past four months, despite the pandemic, CARI’s Political and Legislative Mobilization group has grown, organized, and divided itself into eight regional teams spanning the state of Rhode Island. Each team has taken on the responsibility of researching and interviewing the candidates for State House in their region, and identifying candidates in competitive races who are proven climate champions. We are proud to announce the following list of endorsed candidates—9 in the House of Representatives and 9 in the Senate:
Endorsed for the Rhode Island House of Representatives:
- David Morales for House District 7 (Providence)
- Teresa Tanzi for House District 34 (Narragansett, S. Kingstown)
- Miguel Torres for House District 38 (Westerly / Hopkinton)
- Melinda Lopez for House District 43 (Johnston)
- Leonela Felix for House District 61 (Pawtucket)
- Brianna Henries for House District 64 (E. Providence)
- Michelle McGaw for House District 71 (Little Compton / Portsmouth / Tiverton)
- Terri Cortvriend for House District 72 (Middletown/Portsmouth)
- Deb Ruggiero for House District 74 (Jamestown/Middletown)
Endorsed for the Rhode Island State Senate:
- Lenny Cioe for Senate District 4 (N. Providence / Providence)
- Sam Bell for Senate District 5 (Providence)
- Meghan Kallman for Senate District 15 (Pawtucket / N. Providence)
- Cynthia Mendes for Senate District 18 (E. Providence / Pawtucket)
- Mel DuPont for Senate District 22 (Smithfield/Johnston/N. Providence)
- Jeanine Calkin for Senate District 30 (Warwick)
- Kendra Anderson for Senate District 31 (Warwick)
- Alana DiMario for Senate District 36 (Narragansett / N. Kingstown)
- Maggie Kain for Senate District 37 (New Shoreham / S. Kingstown)
How can you help?
- Check that you’re registered to vote! If you need to update your address or other information, the deadline to do so in time for the September primary is Sunday, August 9.
- Apply for an absentee ballot. Everyone is entitled to vote by mail this year if they so choose, and the application form is simple. Applications must be received at your local board of canvassers by Tuesday, August 18 at 4:00pm. Otherwise, make sure you’re prepared to vote in person on election day.
- Sign on to help out with campaign events for our endorsed candidates. This is the home stretch! All our endorsed candidates are phone-banking (not fun, but absolutely makes the difference between winning and losing), canvassing door-to-door with safe social distancing, and accepting donations. CARI is tracking volunteer opportunities here: bit.ly/cari-election-events. Can you commit to volunteering for a couple hours just 2 or 3 times between now and the election?
- Join your region’s CARI Politics Team to participate in group campaign events and CARI’s general election endorsement process.