The Studio 38 debacle, which obviously is going to cost our state dearly, is just the latest example of how broken the political system is here in the Ocean State. We effectively have a one-party political system and special interests, most notably the labor unions and connected insiders – take it from there. But every two years, a window opens briefly and occasionally a glimmer of hope is able to filter in. It’s a unique opportunity for anyone who thinks he or she has the energy and integrity to make things better to step forward and run for office. That window will close on June 29, the last day one can register to start collecting signatures to qualify to run in this year’s elections.
Our state desperately needs some new thinking and some new vision on how to address the cronyism and narrow-mindedness that continues to cripple us. Be you Democrat, Republican or Independent, now is the time to seize the initiative and take the plunge. At the very least, you can influence the nature of the discussion about what needs to be done to move the state forward. Most of what is needed, we would humbly suggest, boils down to three things: possessing good common sense, the ability to think independently and the willingness to bring some aggressive new thinking to the process.
The East Side is home to some very clear thinkers with good values and the ability to see the big picture. Need proof? Look at our very successful new State Treasurer Gina Raimondo, an East Side resident who was a first-timer less than two short years ago.
So we encourage you to at least think about dipping your toe into the political waters before June 29. We’re not saying the temperature will be toasty warm. But we sure could use some new people who are willing to make waves.