“We know what matters, we know where our priorities should lie — and right now we have an opportunity and a responsibility to fight for policies that will finally address the systemic issues that have persisted for far too long.”
Alana DiMario has announced that she will run as a Democrat for State Senate in the 2020 election to represent District 36 (Narragansett, North Kingstown), now an open seat due to Senator James Sheehan’s decision not to seek re-election.
“I’m running for State Senate because I see firsthand the challenges facing my neighbors and our state and I know I can make a difference in the General Assembly. The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly shown the strength of our community, but has also laid bare social and economic inequities that must be addressed by leaders committed to tackling these problems.”
“These last few months of health care and economic crisis have highlighted what really matters for our community. Parents like me have seen how important dedicated teachers and adequately-funded schools are to our children and families. So many Rhode Islanders are just one missed paycheck away from disaster, including childcare providers and other lower-wage frontline workers. And it has never been more clear that we need to make sure that every single person in Rhode Island has equal access to health care. We know what matters, we know where our priorities should lie — and right now we have an opportunity and a responsibility to fight for policies that will finally address the systemic issues that have persisted for far too long.”
DiMario, 41, has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for the past 15 years, providing outreach counseling to underserved populations and focusing on supporting new parents and families through her solo practice in The Meadows in North Kingstown. She also facilitates community based groups for new mothers and their infants.
“As a mental health practitioner, I will bring experience and a perspective that is currently missing in the Senate. Mental health care needs are front and center in people’s minds, from the needs of our schools to improving public safety. We need voices and perspectives like mine in the legislature. The General Assembly will benefit from a diversity of professional expertise overall, both in the development of policy and in the way the work of the people gets done.”
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In 2018, DiMario entered the Democratic Primary race as a political novice against the longtime incumbent, Senator Jim Sheehan, due to differences on issues such as reproductive healthcare and gun safety. After receiving over 42% of the vote in the 2018 Primary, DiMario supported Sen. Sheehan in the general election.
In the last two years DiMario has continued to work with local leaders and statewide groups to advocate for expanded paid leave and an increased minimum wage. She has been vocal and present in the fight to move forward with the proposed new Narragansett Library and has spent countless hours at the State House to pass the Reproductive Privacy Act. In her role as a board member for RI National Organization for Women, she has helped others share their voices and get involved in the political process.
DiMario lives in the north end of Narragansett with her husband Eric, a partner at the Providence law firm Kiernan, Plunkett, & Redihan LLP, and their three children, Sam, Leo and Morgan. She has a campaign website, alana4ri.com, and can be found on Facebook @Alana4ri, and Twitter @AlanaDiMario
[From a press release]