Rep. Casey announces re-election campaign

Rep. Casey announces re-election campaign

WOONSOCKET — Rep. Stephen M. Casey has announced his intention to run for re-election to the District 50 seat in the House of Representatives.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the people of Woonsocket in the Rhode Island House of Representatives.” said Casey. “Since I was first elected in 2013, I have worked with the Woonsocket delegation to pass legislation to improve school infrastructure, reopen World War II Park, assist the Stadium Theatre and phase out the motor vehicle excise tax. I look forward to continuing to work with the citizens of District 50 to make Woonsocket and Rhode Island a better place to live, work and prosper.”

Due to Casey’s advocacy, the General Assembly included $1.8 million in FY 2015 and $800,000 in FY 2016 to revitalize World War II State Park, which was closed at the time, according to his press release. The empty pond was replaced with a splash park, and the state launched a five-year initiative to transfer maintenance and operation of the park from the state to Woonsocket. This is the fourth year of that initiative, and the House just passed a budget that allocates another $250,000 to the project.

In 2015, he was successful in his endeavor to include $30,000 in the state budget for the support of The Stadium Theatre. “It has been a continuing goal of mine to secure more funding for the theater,” noted Casey. “For many years, a disproportionate amount of funding had been directed to other theaters in the state when measured against the economic impact that the Stadium has on Woonsocket.”

Other budgetary victories for Woonsocket included $250,000 for improvements to the athletic facilities at Woonsocket High School and $50,000 for assistance to the music programs of Woonsocket schools.

Casey attended Melrose High School before receiving a bachelor’s degree in communications from Boston College in 1990.

He is employed as a Firefighter in Woonsocket. He serves as the secretary of the Paul Deziel Memorial Scholarship Fund and is a member of the R.I. Freemasons, R.I. Shriners and Woonsocket Firefighters Union Local 732 and The Woonsocket Elks BPOE #850.

Rep. Casey resides in Woonsocket with his wife, Debra (Deziel-Hunt) Casey.