Rotondo takes reins of Rhody Young Republicans

Rotondo takes reins of Rhody Young Republicans

The Rhody Young Republicans have announced that Chairwoman Barbara Ann Fenton will take a leave of absence from her position, effective at a Jan. 16 meeting. The board has unanimously selected Pawtucket GOP chairman and Young Republicans board member Scott Rotondo to replace her as interim chairman.

Fenton said she is taking the leave to focus all of her time supporting the campaigns of a number of Republican candidates in the upcoming election, including that of gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung, mayor of Cranston. She is stepping aside because of her close personal relationship with Fung. In a tweet to The Breeze, Fenton called Rotondo "the first and last choice" of the group.

"I leave it in good hands," she said. "I'm sure it'll come back in even better shape."

According to a news release, Fenton is widely credited for the increased visibility & diverse programming of the Young Republicans, alongside its strong commitment to the promotion of a big-tent, inclusive philosophy. Her leave is expected to last through the November elections.

“I look forward to continuing the great work begun under Chairwoman Fenton”, said Rotondo in a statement. “The level of activity and engagement thanks to her efforts has exceeded all of our expectations. As election season approaches, the Young Republicans are well positioned to be an active volunteer force for the state slate and for the campaigns of fellow Young Republican candidates.”

The Rhody Young Republicans will host State Sen. Dawson Hodgson at the group's 2014 kickoff event on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Point St Piano Bar in Providence. Hodgson is expected to run for attorney general against incumbent Peter Kilmartin.