Politics & Elections

Hilary Levy Friedman announces run for State Senate, District 3

“It is important to have a leader who can help build the bridges we need to address the policy issues facing our state. I am ready to do that work.”

Published on August 17, 2021
By Uprise RI

From a press release:

Providence resident Hilary Levey Friedman announced today that she is a Democratic candidate in the coming special election for the vacant State Senate seat in District 3 representing the East Side and Fox Point.

In April, Levey Friedman announced an exploratory campaign for the General Assembly and said to a reporter then, “This is about being ready no matter what happens. A year ago, who would have thought Rhode Island politics would look the way it does now?”

Now with the recent resignation of Senator Gayle Goldin, Levey Friedman said, “I began exploring a run for office because I believe in being prepared. After spending time knocking on doors and listening to voters in my community, I am ready to run. I have heard so much about the division that exists in our politics today. It is important to have a leader who can help build the bridges we need to address the policy issues facing our state. I am ready to do that work.”

Levey Friedman went on to laud the work of Senator Goldin, “She has been a leading voice in the movement for social justice, women’s issues, and working families. I admire what she has accomplished and congratulate her as she leaves to make her mark nationally. I am committed to continuing to work on the issues she has championed.”

Recent canvassing in Senate District 3 by Levey Friedman revealed that top issues to residents include education, public safety, and climate change. Her other priorities will include continuing to challenge gender and racial inequities by focusing on caregiving, gun violence prevention, housing, and reproductive healthcare.

Levey Friedman, who has served as the President of the Rhode Island chapter of the National Organization for Women since January 2018, stepped down today as her candidacy for public office is no longer exploratory.

Hilary Levey Friedman holds degrees in Sociology from Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Cambridge. She is currently a JD candidate at the Roger Williams University School of Law. She has written two books and taught in the Department of Education at Brown University; her husband, John, is Chair of the Economics Department at Brown University. They have two sons, Carston (9) and Quenton (7).

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