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Newcomer Anthony Giarrusso To Run For Dist. 30 Seat

The Republican runs a jewelry company in Johnston.


Anthony Giarrusso says he's running for the state representative Dist. 30 seat opening up because of the retiring Bob Watson for one main reason.

"The number one reason is it breaks my heart that everybody that's got a college-age kid tells them, 'Get your diploma and get out of this state,'" he said Monday after turning in his Declaration of Candidacy papers.

Giarrusso, 50, lives on Lenihan Lane, is married to Janet, and has four children. His jewelry manufacturing company in Johnston employs 100, he said. He is running as a Republican, which means there will be a primary. Fellow Republican Bob Bolton has also submitted papers to run.

This will be Giarrusso's first foray into politics. He's served on the board of the East Greenwich Little League for many years in addition to coaching. [Ed. Note: A correction has been made to this paragraph since it was originally published.]

Giarrusso, who was born in Italy and came to the U.S. at age 4, is listed as "Antonio Giarrusso" officially, but is known as Anthony.

He said he plans to campaign door to door. He's hoping to make a difference but said he's realistic.

"Am I going to solve the world's problems?" he said. "If you're going to eat an elephant, you've got to start with one bite."

DMS June 27, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Anthony is a great, sweet and honest man. I think this is great! Congratulations Anthony. You have our family's vote!
Dana Gee June 27, 2012 at 02:27 PM
We would be so lucky to have Anthony represent us. A businessman, father, coach and true comedian. He'll need it once he gets elected!
Kristin August 02, 2012 at 11:18 AM
You've got our vote Anthony!!
Susan Little August 24, 2012 at 01:36 AM
I have known Anthony for about 15 years and he and his family have always been kind, taking time to find out how I have been doing and what is going on in my life. He and his family have succeeded in the American Dream and have built a successful business with hard work and dedication. I know that Anthony has all Rhode Island residents best interest at heart and would make the best representative Rhode Island has to offer, no matter what your political affiliation may be.

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