Too busy to run?
Much is being made about the lack of candidates declaring their intention to run for public office by the June 25 deadline. Some are suggesting that the shortage could mean that people just aren't as angry about the state's condition as one might believe. Others say that Rhode Islanders just don't care enough to get involved or have given up on fixing things.
Republican Minority Leader Brian Newberry, of House District 48, suggested on Twitter that many people want to run but are simply unable.
"It is very hard to convince people to run," Newberry tweeted Friday (Follow @BrianCNewberry). "Many who want to simply can't due to family or job."
Cranston City Councilor Don Botts, also a Republican, asked Newberry if a survey has ever been done of the jobs held by General Assembly members, then suggesting that certain vocations, like union official, attorney or retiree, allow more of a chance to get involved. Patrick Laverty noted that the 4 p.m. start time for General Assembly sessions is difficult for most people to make if they work a regular job.
Newberry replied that the current House of Representatives is made up of 20 public employees/retirees, 15 lawyers, 24 private sector workers, six non-profit employees, and nine unknown or retired. He couldn't recall the last one of the 75 House members.