Liana Cassar announces bid for Joy Hearn’s House District 66 seat

Liana Cassar

Liana Cassar is announcing today that she is running as a Democrat in the 2018 elections to represent Rhode Island House District 66 following the announcement earlier this month that the incumbent, Rep. Joy Hearn (Democrat) will not seek re-election for the seat. District 66 includes portions of Barrington and East Providence.

“I am running for State Representative of District 66 because I believe that Barrington and East Providence will benefit from electing a woman dedicated to protecting health care, education and the environment – areas that are a vital to the success of our communities. I will bring a strong background in political activism and extensive experience in public health to the State House. I look forward to talking with members of the community to discuss the critical issues impacting District 66 over the next few months.”

Liana and her husband, Larson Gunness, have lived in Barrington for the past 19 years with their teenagers, Jamie and Maria. Liana grew up in Connecticut and served as a Community Development Worker in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica. Liana has worked in the health care and public health sectors in Rhode Island and Massachusetts working on veteran’s health, public health in low income communities, reproductive health and healthcare technology.

She is currently co-Chair of the Barrington Democratic Town Committee and served for 10 years on the board of the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island.

Liana is a graduate of the University of Connecticut. She holds a Master’s in Public Health from Boston University and an MBA from Simmons College School of Management.

[From a press release]

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  1. Liana Cassar will be a positive force for the good of the community she serves. Her honest dedication to health care and education is above reproach. Her educational background and care for the disinfranchised communities shows an honest heart and clear focus.

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