O’Brien running again

O’Brien running again

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Rep. William W. O’Brien, a Democrat in House District 54, North Providence, is announcing that he will be running for re-election. First elected in 2012, he is the deputy majority leader and member of the House Finance Committee.

“It is a true honor to serve the residents and small businesses of District 54 and together we have accomplished great things for our community,” he said. “We have increased educational support and opportunities for our students and teachers. We’ve protected animals with increased penalties for animal abusers and we are continuing the successful phaseout of the regressive car tax, with North Providence residents saving $4.7 million over the last three years, keeping that money in the taxpayers’ pockets where it belongs.”

O’Brien said he was successful in getting legislation he sponsored passed into law requiring licensed elementary level teachers to be proficient in scientific reading instruction. He was also the main sponsor of the state’s dual-education law enabling high school students to enroll at a college or university as non-degree students and have the courses be recognized toward degree completion at both the college and high school level.

He said he has also been a fierce protector of animals, with several of his animal protection bills being passed into law.

“Our town, the state, our country, and the entire world have been upended lately and uncertainty is running rampant,” he said. “Steady and experienced hands are needed to help us get through the problems that have surfaced and this is why I am humbly asking for your support on my reelection campaign for the District 54 seat.”