Pawtucket resident Karen Alzate today declared her candidacy for State Representative District 60.

“I am running for State Representative because I love Pawtucket,” said Alzate. “We need a strong new voice at the State House to fight for education, affordable housing, small businesses and for all families who come to Pawtucket to pursue the American Dream.”

Alzate is a graduate of Tolman High School and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Community Development at Roger Williams University School of Continuing Studies. Alzate wants to include education programs for all students in Pawtucket, increase resources to help students further their education and create resources for families to thrive and stay in Pawtucket.

“I am thrilled that Karen is running for State Representative and I enthusiastically endorse her,” said Rhode Island State Senator Sandra Cano (Democrat, District 8, Pawtucket). “She will be a voice for change and a strong advocate for the middle class.”

Karen Alzate is the first generation to have graduated from college in her family. Her parents migrated to Rhode Island in the early 80s and were able to provide education for Karen and her sister. Karen is passionate about Pawtucket and is ready to give back. She is a 2016 graduate of the New Leader’s Council, a non-profit organization that promotes, trains and recruits progressive leaders, and has served on their board for the last two years.

Karen is a case manager and employment specialist for the Providence Center. Working for the community support program, Karen helps the community every day, especially those who face mental health challenges. Karen is passionate about her diverse roots and will support social services that serve all members of the community. Karen is also passionate about building the creative economy and currently serves on the Board for Pawtucket Arts Festival.

[From a press release]