Alsawaf and Archambault face off for District 22

Alsawaf and Archambault face off for District 22

SMITHFIELD - Republican and political newcomer Hasan Alsawaf, a 44-year-old native of Syria and owner of Family Dental Center of Greenville, is challenging Democratic incumbent Stephen Archambault on Nov. 4 for the state Senate District 22 seat, which covers all of Smithfield and parts of North Providence and Johnston.

Throughout his campaign, Alsawaf has said that he is not a political insider and that he will vote for whatever is in the best interest of the people, not for him or any political party.

Through press releases, he has said that his main target is political corruption and cronyism in the Statehouse, which he wants to try to eliminate by proposing a term limit on senators.

Archambault, a lawyer, has said that he is seeking re-election after his first term because there's still a lot of work left to be done.

If re-elected, Archambault said he has a number of bills that he wants to work on, including one that would make health care regulation "less onerous," and he wants to create a long-term economic development plan.

Both candidates have been campaigning door-to-door around the district, and both said that they feel confident going into the election.

Below are profiles on each candidate:

Stephen Archambault

195 Whipple Road

Age: 49

Resident: Lifelong

Employment: Attorney at Archambault Law, Law Offices of Stephen R. Archambault for 13 years; previously, Jamestown police officer for 5 years.

Education: Bachelor's degree from American University, master's in justice from Salve Regina University, law degree from Roger Williams School of Law.

Public Service: Current state senator for District 22 since January 2013; former member of Smithfield Town Council, 2006-2012; served as Town Council president, 2004-2008; ran unsuccessfully in Democratic primary for attorney general in 2010.

Family: Married to Marie.

Hasan Alsawaf

492 Putnam Pike

Age: 45

Resident: 15 years

Employment: Owner and dentist at Family Dental Center of Greenville for 16 years.

Education: DMD from Boston University.

Family: Married to Elizabeth Senik-Alsawaf. Three children: Hasan, Jr., 9; Hali, 11; Skye, 23.