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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 10-15-2020

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10 ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL OCTOBER 15-21, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION STATE REP. DISTRICT 46 Cullen: Raimondo has failed frontline workers House District 46 candidate John Cullen says he believes Gov. Gina Raimondo "failed and was derelict in not supporting frontline home care and hospice workers including those delivering service to COVID-19 posi- tive patients in congregate settings." "Gov. Raimondo spent money on her PR and daily briefings of body counts and contractions of COVID- 19, when much more could have been spent and done to protect the most vulnerable COVID-19 population," he said. "I support the Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care and a $20 minimum wage and sustainable reim- bursement rates. I support home care fully, since it brings comfort to your loved ones to be at home. My grand- mother had home care and died at home in 1959." "I call for an independent investiga- tion of what Raimondo did right and what she did wrong in her response in protecting our most vulnerable in con- gregate settings," he added. Lyle happy to discuss issues As the campaign for House of Representatives District 46 races to the finish line, incumbent Jack Lyle says there is still much work to be done. "I am happy to report that my door- to-door campaign over these past 18 weeks has been arduous and very Shallcross Smith running for change in District 46 LINCOLN – Mary Ann Shallcross Smith, Democratic candidate for State Representative in District 46, said she's running for change. "As a small business owner, I have the experience to get things done. I listen to the needs of those around me. Listening to your needs is my number one priority. Your concerns are impor- tant; I will make changes," she said. Shallcross Smith said when COVID- 19 impacted her child care business, she took swift action. "My team worked with state leaders to implement new regulations to reopen child care. Under my leadership, parents had child care and could go back to work." "I have the determination, experi- ence, and vision to help the constitu- ents of Lincoln and Pawtucket," she said. "I am the leader you can count on to follow through and get the job done." rewarding," he said. "Despite the pan- demic, and my wearing a facemask, my neighbors in District 46 have expressed their appreciation for having a face-to-face conversation on numer- ous issues." He said they are concerned about the failure to provide small businesses the relief that they need, the impact of distance learning, the failure to provide adequate support for DCYF and the RIDEM, "and the fact that we still do not have a state budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. I have heard my neighbors and friends decry the fact that the state is curtailing numerous activities with no end in sight. I am eager to return to the House to address these serious problems." STATE REP. DISTRICT 52 Hogan: We need someone not in lockstep CUMBERLAND – House District 52 candidate Chris Hogan says the "stranglehold" Democrats have over the direction of the state is undeniable. "Any state dominated by one overarching view of the role of gov- ernment, whether the Democratic party in Rhode Island or the GOP in Wyoming, does not serve well its constituency as a whole," said the Republican. "Why? Because there's very little new thinking or innovative solutions for how to deal with the challenges affecting all residents, not just those of a certain party." The COVID-19 pandemic "has taken a gruesome toll on the country and state," he said, but Democratic leaders had little to offer besides "appealing to the federal government with their hands open" for a bailout. "If Democrat state Rep. Alex Marszalkowski thinks that's leadership, and his 93.4 percent lockstep voting record proves he does, then we need a change," he said. Barr promises to lead, not follow LINCOLN – Democratic candidate for Senate District 17, John Barr II, STATE SENATE DISTRICT 17 promises to work aggressively to pro- tect the people. "IGT has lobbied the legislature to get a 20-year, no-bid contract to pro- vide video lottery terminals at Twin River Casino. If it was put out to bid, it is estimated that the state would have made $500 million to $600 million more. My previous legislation brings Lincoln one percent of the profits from these machines. This loss of revenue will cost Lincoln $5-6 million." Barr said his opponent "has been silent on this issue. If I were serving, I would have been negotiating to get a higher percentage for Lincoln. District 17 needs a senator who will lead, not follow." Paolino pledges to protect those with pre-existing conditions These are unprecedented times, says District 17 state Senator Thomas Paolino. "COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our daily lives. Health insur- ance coverage is now more important than ever," he said. "As your sena- tor and a member of the Health and Human Services Committee, I will continue to support protecting patients with pre-existing conditions and the inclusion of children under 26 years of age on their parents' health insurance plan." Last year, he said, "We eliminated surprise out-of-network billing and joined efforts championed by the AARP to reduce the cost of prescrip- tion drugs." 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