Bono to run for District 49

Bono to run for District 49

WOONSOCKET – Vincent Bono, the local businessman best known for his efforts to bring passenger train service to the Blackstone Valley, has declared candidacy for state representative for District 49.

Bono is running as an independent candidate for the seat, which is currently held by Rep. Michael Morin, a Democrat. Morin announced earlier this month he does not intend to seek re-election in the fall.

“As many of you may know, a good friend and person I have immense respect for decided to retire from serving the people of Woonsocket as their District 49 representative after six years of service,” Bono said in a Facebook announcement last week. “After careful consideration and some (not so) gentle prompting from an admittedly flattering number of friends and colleagues, I have decided to run for representative in the Rhode Island General Assembly for the District 49 seat.”

Bono said his platform will focus on state education aid and reforms aimed at helping small businesses.

“My focus will be on ensuring that Woonsocket is better compensated for shouldering the bulk of northern Rhode Island’s special and disadvantaged education burden, small business incubation and reform and more and better community support initiatives,” he said

Bono is best known as the founder of the Boston Surface Railroad Company, a startup train company trying to establish passenger rail service between Providence, Worcester and Woonsocket. The company has its offices in the state-owned train depot located at Depot Square.