“The dialog at the State House has been divisive, and has slowed down the progress of our state,” said López in a video message on Facebook. “What has been left out is the most important part of democracy, the people… My campaign is focused on the needs and desires of our community… The campaign is about Democratic ideals from an independent voice.“
Melinda López has announced her intention to challenge Deborah Fellela for the House District 43 seat in Johnston. She issued the following press release, as well as a video on Facebook to announce her candidacy:
“Melinda is focused on earning the support of all District 43 voters and is starting with a focus on voters who are often ignored by the establishment. Melinda is dedicated to listen and learn from constituents and then lead on issues that affect today’s Johnston community. Melinda’s campaign will start with her current group of supporters and then build a grassroots organization through community outreach, ethical fundraising, events, and door to door canvassing.
“Melinda López was born and raised in New York City. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Brown University and her Teacher Certification from Roger Williams University. She has been an educator since 1994, working in both early childhood, elementary and higher education settings. For over 10 years Melinda has been designing and facilitating professional development for adults. Melinda is an Adjunct Professor at Rhode Island College and a Latina Leadership Institute graduate. In 2019 she also completed national training in Washington, DC from Emerge America. Melinda seeks to become the first Puerto Rican to serve in Rhode Island’s General Assembly. Melinda’s 2020 campaign will focus on engaging and elevating the Johnston community within Rhode Island politics. She lives with her partner Francisco, her sons Joseph (13) and Jaxon (20), and their dog Jake.”
Deborah Fellela has represented District 43 since 2006 and ran unopposed in the 2018 election.
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