District 18's Arthur Handy officially announced his reelection bid today.
Handy, chairman of the House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, is a prominent voice in the General Assembly on environmental issues. In a release, he cited legislation he spearheaded to prevent mercury, out-of-state medical waste and electronic debris from getting into the Central Landfill in Johnston.
He promises to continue working to move Rhode Island towards a green economy, the release stated, "something he has made a priority throughout his career at the State House."
“Green jobs are well-paid opportunities that contribute directly to preserving or enhancing environmental quality," he said.
One example would be an expanded weatherization effort, he said, noting many state homes and businesses are poorly insulated and could reduce our energy usage, lower energy bills and create jobs all at the same time.
A resident of the Friendly neighborhood, Handy represents Edgewood, Friendly and Auburn. His campaign announcement included quotes from several constituent supporters.
"I support Art Handy because he has consistently stood up for his constituents and protected the quality of life we enjoy. From public schools, to public health, to the Narragansett Bay, Art is looking out for Rhode Island’s future,” said Bill Wilson, an Edgewood/South Elmwood Little League coach and father of three.
Retirees Fred and Susan Raisner, who live in the Friendly neighborhood, said “we are very enthusiastic about endorsing the re-election of Art Handy because of his ability to withstand and fight back against special interests that are poisoning our water, our air, and our sense of community. Today, the average family feels they are always getting the ‘short end of the stick,’ but Art has always fought for the rights and financial security of our fellow neighbors.”
“What I love about Art is his willingness to stand up for those who often don’t have a voice,” said Roberta Hazen Aaronson of Edgewood. “He has been working to protect kids from lead poisoning, from tobacco and air pollution long before he was elected to the State House and he has continued to work on their behalf ever since.”
Handy was first elected in 2002. , who supports term limits, ballot reform, investing in infrastructure and education — including support for school vouchers and charter schools.
Also in the mix is William McKenna, who once served in the district. His campaign site:www.Facebook.com/BillMcKennaforStateRepresentative.