Pledging to think "outside the box" if elected, School Committee Vice President Frank Lombardi has entered the District 26 Senate race.
"I understand the local issues," Lombardi, a Democrat, said in a YouTube video. "Without funding at the state level, we cannot achieve success at the local level. Therefore, as your state senator, I will fight to think outside the box to create a business friendly atmosphere in Rhode Island, to open our ports to commercial ventures, to encourage our innovators to work to create jobs and ideas which will raise revenue for our state."
By raising revenues, "we can fund our local communities much better and fund our future," he said.
Lombardi has scheduled a press conference for Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Amadeo Restaurant at 1492 Park Ave. to formally announce the start of his campaign, sloganed "Proven Leadership."
who announced his intentions to run for the Dist. 26 seat in March and lost a previous bid against Sen. Beatrice Lanzi by just 302 votes in 2010. Lanzi, a 20-year veteran of the Rhode Island General Assembly,
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