Multiple candidates taking a run at Archambault

Multiple candidates taking a run at Archambault

SMITHFIELD – Six local candidates filed declaration of candidacy papers by the end of the day on Tuesday, saying they intend to run for office in 2020.

Candidates had until 4 p.m. Wednesday to officially declare and file their intent to run in state and local September primaries and November elections. The Valley Breeze & Observer will be reporting more on this week’s declarations.

In the Senate race for District 22 representing Smithfield, Johnston and North Providence, incumbent Democrat Stephen Archambault filed for his fifth term as senator. His primary opponent two years ago, Melanie DuPont, declared her intentions to take another run at Archambault as a Democrat.

In her announcement for candidacy, DuPont said she will take bold, decisive action to secure green energy jobs, living wages, equal pay, and affordable housing.

“I don’t trust our endorsed representative to meaningfully improve our lives. Instead of eight years of service, we got eight years of lip service,” she said.

Archambault could not immediately be reached for comment.

Former Town Councilor Paul Santucci declared that he will also run against Archambault as a Republican in the Senate race. Santucci served one term on the Town Council from 2016 to 2018, and removed himself from the race for his second term in 2018 due to a family illness.

Santucci said he was not interested in running for office in an interview with The Observer last week, citing the same reasons from two years ago. He clarified on Tuesday that he did not intend on running as town administrator, should the electorate choose to go that route.

Santucci said he will use his experience from serving on the council and town boards to bring a different approach to state government.

“There is a lot at stake for the state of Rhode Island and for the town,” he said.

State Rep. Bernard Hawkins is running for his second term in office as a Democrat. The former Smithfield Town Council member defeated Republican Richard Poirier in the 2018 election by 278 votes.

Hawkins is being challenged by Republican Brian Rea of 2 Country Drive in Smithfield.

As for town races, Town Council Vice President T. Michael Lawton intends to run for his third term in office.

Benjamin Caisse filed his bid for School Committee as a Democrat. Caisse is a member of the Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission and spent time teaching history in Smithfield.

In Scituate, several candidates filed their intent to run for the Town Council. All seven at-large council seats in Scituate are up for election, each with a two-year term.

Incumbent state Rep. Robert Quattrocchi, a Republican representing District 41, filed his intent to run for his third term in office.

Town Clerk Margaret “Peggy” Long said most candidates would not file until moments before Wednesday’s 4 p.m. deadline.

Thomas Galligan will make his second attempt for council this year after losing the election in 2018 as an independent.

Joe Maggiacomo and Allen Durand also filed their intent to run for School Committee as Democrats.

Steven Venditelli is running as town moderator as an independent, saying he wants to “symbolize the impartiality and political neutrality that I think the position of town moderator should strive to be.”