RICAGV Press Release

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence Proud of Primary Results

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

CONTACT: Kat Kerwin, Director of Communications

Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence Proud of Primary Election Results

Providence, Rhode Island September 19, 2018 – The Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence (RICAGV) is proud of the turnout for last week’s primary elections. Many of our endorsed candidates,  leaders who are ready to fight for gun safety by addressing the underlying causes of gun violence, won their primary elections on September 12th. We look forward to supporting these and other RICAGV endorsed candidates in the general election on Tuesday, November 6.


Gina Raimondo

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
U. S. Senate

Congressman David Cicciline
U.S. House, 1st District


State Senator Maryellen Goodwin
District 1 – Providence

Valarie Lawson
District 14 – East Providence

State Senator Melissa Murray
District 24 – North Smithfield, Woonsocket

Bridget Valverde
Senate District 35 – East Greenwich, North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Narragansett

State Senator James Sheehan
District 36 – Narragansett, North Kingstown


State Rep. Moira Walsh
District 3 – Providence

Rebecca Kislak
District 4 – Providence

State Rep. Marcia Ranglin-Vassell
District 5 – Providence

State Rep. Anastasia Williams
District 9 – Providence

State Rep. Grace Diaz
District 11 – Providence

Mario Méndez
District 13 – Providence

State Rep. Carol Hagan McEntee
District 33 – Narragansett, South Kingstown

State Rep. Carlos Tobon
District 58 – Pawtucket

State Rep. Jean-Philippe Barros
District 59 – Pawtucket

State Rep. Katherine Kazarian
District 63 – East Providence

Liana Cassar
District 66 – Barrington, Riverside

Laufton Ascencao
District 68 – Bristol, Warren

State Rep. Susan Donovan
District 69 – Bristol, Portsmouth

“Last week we saw many upsets in our favor as the polls closed,” said RICAGV President, Linda Finn. “I have to believe that people are fed up, voters are not going to vote for corrupt candidates just because of leadership endorsements. Rhode Island voters want real change, and they want to see gun safety, fair wages, and rights for women.”


We are optimistic that these victories point toward a greater trend in candidates who are open and willing to not just be champions for better gun laws,  working families, women, and underserved communities.

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