Meet the District 22 Democratic primary candidates

Meet the District 22 Democratic primary candidates

SMITHFIELD – Next Wednesday, Sept. 12, residents of Senate District 22 will vote to decide which Democrat will go on to the Nov. 6 general election. Three-term incumbent Stephen Archambault is facing a political newcomer, Melanie DuPont for the District 22 seat, which serves Smithfield, Johnston and North Providence.

The winner will face Republican Gregory Tocco in November’s general election.

Meet the candidates for District 22 Democratic Senate Primary:

Stephen Archambault

195 Whipple Road, Smithfield

Age: 53

Years in Smithfield: Lifelong

Employment: Attorney at Archambault Law Offices in Smithfield; a former Jamestown police officer; has served as a prosecutor for Lincoln for the past 12 years, and North Smithfield for six years.

Education: Bachelor’s degree from American University; master’s in justice from Salve Regina University; juris doctorate from Roger Williams University School of Law.

Public service: Vice-chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary; member of Senate Committee on Environment and Agriculture and Senate Committee on Rules; Government Ethics and Oversight; served as vice president and president on Smithfield Town Council from 2007 to 2011.

Family: Married to Marie “Gigi” Rodriguez-Archambault since 2012; four rescue dogs.

Melanie Dupont

27 Hattie Ave., Greenville

Age: 45

Years in Smithfield: 24

Employment: Technical writer and script supervisor.

Education: Smithfield High School Class of 1991; Northeastern University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Vancouver Film School.

Community activities: Helped pass a statewide ban on conversion therapy; founded Committee to Pass Reproductive Health Care Act in Rhode Island

Military service: Proud daughter of Navy veteran father, Peter DuPont.

Family: Parents Peter and Anita DuPont live in Smithfield; sister lives in New Hampshire, brother in Texas.