Politics & Elections

Portsmouth Town Council VP Linda Ujifusa announces Senate District 11 bid

“Having volunteered at the Portsmouth and Bristol COVID vaccination clinics,” said candidate Linda Ujifusa, “I saw first-hand how public employees and private individuals can work effectively in the best interests of our community. I believe that together we can overcome any challenges we face.”
Photo for Portsmouth Town Council VP Linda Ujifusa announces Senate District 11 bid

Published on June 14, 2022
By Uprise RI

From a press release:

Portsmouth Town Council Vice President Linda Ujifusa announced today that she is running for the Rhode Island Senate District 11 (Portsmouth, Bristol) seat being vacated by retiring State Senator Jim Seveney.

“I would like to thank Rhode Island State Senator Jim Seveney for serving District 11 so well for so many years,” Ms. Ujifusa said. “Jim encouraged me to run for office in 2016 and I hope to have the opportunity to continue his good work. I have served three terms on the Town Council and I know that some local challenges are best addressed at the state level.”

Ms. Ujifusa will focus on state legislation that addresses environmental protection, affordable healthcare and housing, innovative solutions to Rhode Island’s economic challenges, and greater government transparency.

During Ms. Ujifusa’s tenure on the Town Council, the council implemented fiscally responsible management of town services, assets and schools. It also secured safety audits of East Main and West Main roads, as well as grants for climate change resiliency, including flood management in Common Fence Point and Island Park, and water system improvements on Prudence Island. The council also partnered with a non-profit to build a new Senior Center with affordable senior housing units, improved Emergency Management procedures, and expanded the Parks and Rec program.

In the past few years, Ms. Ujifusa noted, the town effectively dealt with ever-changing COVID challenges. Among the town’s successful efforts was the establishment of new procedures that enabled Portsmouth to continue to conduct business and public meetings. The council also organized a food bank and vaccination clinics, and assisted local businesses.

“Having volunteered at the Portsmouth and Bristol COVID vaccination clinics,” said Ms. Ujifusa, “I saw first-hand how public employees and private individuals can work effectively in the best interests of our community. I believe that together we can overcome any challenges we face.”

Ms. Ujifusa was formerly an attorney in the private sector and at the United States Environmental Protection Agency. She graduated from Harvard College and from NYU School of Law. She served as chair of the Aquidneck Land Trust and is chair of a non-profit organization that advocates for universal, affordable healthcare. Working with state legislators, she has also helped draft state legislation and has testified at State House hearings.

Ms. Ujifusa is married to J. Mark Ryan, MD, a primary care physician. Their three children, John, Katie and Jamie, attended Portsmouth public schools.

Did you enjoy this article?


More Politics & Elections Coverage