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Bob Bolton To Run For Seat Held By Watson

He plans to run as a Republican, which would force a primary if Bob Watson decides to run for re-election.


Insurance agent Bob Bolton said Wednesday he plans to run as a Republican for the House District 30 seat now held by fellow Republican Bob Watson, which will prompt a primary if Watson seeks re-election.

“I think we need strong, viable Republican representation at the State House,” said Bolton. “I’m the sort of person who can work with both sides of the aisle, not just be an island by myself, for the betterment of the Town of East Greenwich and the State of Rhode Island.”

Bolton, who has served on the Zoning Board for eight years, . Before that, he ran as a Republican in a primary against Watson and lost. He was a registered Democrat at one time. He doesn’t see a conflict in running now as a Republican after his run as an independent two years ago.

“Even when I ran as an independent I was still a registered Republican,” said Bolton. “The Republican banner suits me.”

Bob Watson said Wednesday while he’s not yet decided whether or not he’ll run for re-election, he’s beaten Bolton before and that challengers will not be the deciding factor for him.

“Whoever chooses to run is irrelevant to my process of deciding,” he said. “I know Mr. Bolton has been a Republican, a Democrat, an independent. The only thing he hasn’t been is a woman.”

Watson has held the District 30 seat since 1992. He served as a state senator from 1989 to 1991.

Twice in the past 14 months, Watson was arrested after traffic stops. after being stopped at a police checkpoint in New Haven, Conn. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges and the case is still pending.

. He to those charges. Following the arrest, , where he stayed for several weeks.

Chuck Newton, chair of the Republican Town Committee said, “I think primaries are a good thing. It’s part of the process.”

Democrat Mark Schwager, , also commented on Bolton’s entrance into the race. “I’ve known Bob [Bolton] for a long time. He’s a good candidate,” said Schwager. “It should be interesting.”

Bolton said Wednesday the state should rely more on tourism, noting the appeal of Rhode Island’s beaches, fall foliage, fine restaurants, and the arts. “The Ocean State – the theme is tourism,” he said.

“We’ve got to cut back on spending and promote tourism,” said Bolton. When asked about what could be cut, he suggested regionalizing school districts, or cutting down on the number of school administrators.

“Why can’t the vice principal at E.G. High also cover Cole,” he said. That’s relatively small savings, he conceded but, he said, “You know what? It’s a start.”

He’s against beach parking fees.

“It’s ridiculous that residents of Rhode Island have to pay to use Rhode Island beaches when we pay taxes already,” he said.

Declaration of candidacy must be made between June 25 and June 27.






E.G. Daddy June 07, 2012 at 10:19 AM
Bob Bolton is a gentleman and businessman who will bring fresh ideas to the table. The other guy needs to get out of public life and deal with his substance abuse charges.
RICHARD ST JEAN June 07, 2012 at 12:44 PM
I AM A RESIDENT OF EG, I REALLY DO NOT KNOW THAT MUCH ABOUT MR BOLTON, BUT I DO KNOW THAT WATSON(DOESN'T DESERVE ANY PREFIX) IS A DRUNK,DRUG USER, AND MOTOR VEHICLE VIOLATOR. HE HAS NO BUSINESS SAYING ANYTHING ABOUT ANYONE. HE DOES NOT DESERVE ANYONE'S VOTE IF HE RUNS. AS FAR AS I KNOW HE HAS NEVER DONE ANYTHING FOR THE TOWN EXCEPT COLLECT HIS MONEY.
04Avenger June 07, 2012 at 01:11 PM
“Whoever chooses to run is irrelevant to my process of deciding,” he said. “I know Mr. Bolton has been a Republican, a Democrat, an independent. The only thing he hasn’t been is a woman.” Looks like Mr. Watson is already throwing the first stone. This is the self pompous, holier than thou attitude that Mr. Watson has repeatedly shown with his run ins with law enforcement. Mr. Bolton, you wont have to devolve to a negative campaign; your potential opponent's recent actions speak loud enough for themselves.
KIMBERLY June 07, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Watson also stopped for driving while intoxicated a few years ago in New Hampshire. He embarressed our hard working Guatemalan community by calling them a pot smoking Guatemalan's, what a hypocrit!! He is now on one year probation for pot. He still has to go to court in Connecticut to answer charges for pot posession and cocaine. Hasn't Mr. Watson embarressed East Greenwich and the State of Rhode Island enough?
Bella June 08, 2012 at 03:59 PM
I have never seen Watson around "town". I do know what he looks like from his many arrest reports in the newspaper. Didn't know he was still E G's Rep!
Bella June 08, 2012 at 04:02 PM
TOTALLY AGREE, PLUS A GOOD FAMILY MAN AND FATHER
PMT July 01, 2012 at 01:50 PM
I've emailed Watson a few times about issues, and have never even gotten an automated response. What kind of representation is that!?!

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