Coughlin running in District 60

Coughlin running in District 60

PAWTUCKET - David Coughlin, a lifelong Pawtucket resident and a member of the Pawtucket School Committee, announced Monday that he is running to represent House District 60 in the Rhode Island General Assembly.

Coughlin, a Democrat, said he is seeking a seat that opened up after Rep. Elaine Coderre's announcement last week that she will not seek re-election after 30 years "of distinguished service to Rhode Island and the city of Pawtucket."

Coughlin, who lives at 9 Armistice Blvd., is the father of David III, Ashley, Michael, and Kevin Coughlin. He holds a bachelor's degree in math from Providence College, a master's degree in engineering from the University of Rhode Island, and a juris doctorate from the Law School at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

"I decided to run because I believe Pawtucket and Rhode Island face significant challenges of historical magnitude as we move forward in the next few years and I look forward to addressing these critical concerns in our House of Representatives," said Coughlin in a statement.

He said he has the necessary experience in public and community service to best represent Pawtucket in the legislature, including more than seven years as a member of both the Pawtucket School Committee and the Executive Board of the Rhode Island Association of School Committees.

"I've also expended considerable time and effort in community service," said Coughlin. "I've coached and sponsored baseball teams, served on the Board of Directors of Darlington National Baseball, sponsored the efforts of Pineview Little League, and coached CYO basketball at the former St. Leo the Great Parish."

Coughlin said he will begin campaigning immediately.

"I look forward to meeting with our citizens and convincing them that I am the right candidate to represent them in House District 60," he said.