Three Republicans In Race For House Dist. 30 Seat
In addition, one Democrat and one independent filed to run for the seat long held by the retiring Bob Watson.
Three Republicans – two newcomers and one former candidate – have filed to run for the House Dist. 30 seat being relinquished by Bob Watson, which sets up the need for a primary in that race on Sept. 11.
Emil (Dean) Fachon, Antonio (Anthony) Giarrusso, and Bob Bolton all submitted papers this week to run for District 30.
“I’m very involved in the grassroots Tea Party movement,” Fachon said, who filed Wednesday. This is his first run for office.
He is concerned about rising taxes and has written op/ed pieces for Providence Business News and the Warwick Beacon.
Fachon, 54, grew up in East Greenwich and lives on Pricewood Drive. He is a technical writer, is married and has two children.
“This is the seat I was always interested in,” he said. “Then I heard Bob Watson wasn’t going to run.”
Bolton, 63, has run for the seat twice before, as a Republican and as an independent. In an interview earlier this month, he said he advocates cutting back on spending and promoting tourism.
Giarrusso, 50, said Monday he wants to make Rhode Island a place where people getting out of college won’t have to leave to find jobs.
There are two other candidates in the race for the District 30 seat, Democrat Mark Schwager and independent Kevin J. McDonough.
Schwager, a doctor who is on the EG Fire District Commission, served two terms on Town Council and lost to Republican Dawson Hodgson two years ago in a run for state Senate District 15.
McDonough, an EG native, has never run for office, but said he’s been interested in politics and government since junior high days.
“I’ve always had a passion for politics and our governmental system,” he said. McDonough took part in the Model Legislature program during high school, serving as speaker his senior year. He’s decided to run now, he said, because his children are grown and out of the house. McDonough, 53, and his wife, MaryLee, have two children and one grandchild. He lives in the house on Division Street he grew up in.
For now, anyway, the attention will be focused on the Republicans and their probable primary (the three still need to submit 50 signatures of local registered voters).
Fachon said he was not phased by the idea of a primary. “The more than merrier,” he said.
Republican Town Committee Chair Chuck Newton agreed. “I think primaries are good. I think we’ll get better talent as a result.”