Vallecilla takes another run at Tobon

Vallecilla takes another run at Tobon

PAWTUCKET – After running for office two years ago as an independent against Rep. Carlos Tobon, of House District 58, Jonathan Vallecilla says he’s challenging the incumbent again this year, but this time as a Democrat.

“The first time I ran for the General Assembly in 2014, I ran as an independent because I wanted to let voters know that I would be an independent voice, free from party influence,” he said.

Vallecilla cites independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders as a key influence in his decision to run for state office, as well as running as an independent.

“Unfortunately, in Rhode Island, if there isn’t a ‘D’ by your name, voters are skeptical to vote for you,” he said. “So, this time around I’m running as a Democrat, because the establishment in the Rhode Island Democratic Party needs to be changed from the inside.”

Vallecilla said he looks forward to speaking with voters about the issues that affect them, and letting the constituencts of District 58 know where he stands on the issues.

He said, “If you want someone representing you in the General Assembly who will put principle over party, someone who is passionate about representing the people of District 58, then I ask for your vote on Sept. 12.”