Hawkins to advocate for community, schools, seniors

Hawkins to advocate for community, schools, seniors

SMITHFIELD – District 53 state Rep. Bernard Hawkins, a Democrat, announced his candidacy for re-election.

In a press release, Hawkins noted he co-sponsored the Senior Savings Protection Act to protect our seniors and disabled from financial exploitation. Hawkins also obtained a $5,000 legislative grant for the Smithfield Senior Center.

Hawkins continued to fight for Smithfield and Glocester taxpayers, he said, by advocating for the phase-out of the car tax by 2023. He sponsored a bill that limits vehicle weight due to traffic concerns on Limerock Road, and co-sponsored legislation ensuring all schools maintain Narcan on site to stop drug overdoses, as well as mandate education for students to learn about the effects of opioids.

If re-elected, Hawkins said he will work hard by enacting fiscally responsible budgets and address inequities of the state funding formula for education to fight for more funding for Smithfield schools.

Hawkins successfully secured legislative grants, including $5,000 to offset costs of the McCabe basketball courts and $10,000 to help the Smithfield Baseball Booster Club secure a scoreboard at the high school baseball field.