Thank you! I'm thrilled to be returning as your State Representative. It is my honor and privilege to serve the people of Middletown and Portsmouth who live in District 72. Please, feel free to reach out to me with any questions, opinions, or concerns you may have. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call me at 401-472-4789. You can also speak with me in person at my regular “Talks with Terri” events. For times and locations, please check my Facebook page or my events page. Also, please sign up for my newsletter. In order to better serve you and our community, I would really appreciate you sharing your thoughts with me.
With Warm Regards,
Accessible representation at the State House for our District 72.
I will continue work tirelessly to champion good legislation, good policy, through the state process to passage.
Legislation that will positively change our lives on the Island and throughout the State.
I will continue advocate tirelessly for state funding for education, for career, tech and vocational education,
business training programs, for improved infrastructure, for access to affordable quality healthcare,
for a sustainable green economy that produces good paying jobs,
for our seniors, for our veterans and for fiscally responsible, transparent, accessible state government.
Having served on the Portsmouth School Committee for over nine years, Terri understands the importance of education.
"Our businesses rely on an educated workforce, and our home values are closely tied to the quality of our schools. But reductions in state aid have put stress on both the Middletown and Portsmouth School Districts.
"As high school is reimagined, let's provide our students with more real-world experiences, through project-based learning, career tech training, and internship opportunities." "I am committed to making sure our facilities adequately prepare our students for the 21st century and I support Safe Schools."
"As your State Representative, I will not only fight to get our public schools what they need, I will also support legislation to make college more affordable for all Rhode Islanders."
Small Business, Jobs, and the Economy
Terri believes that our kids and grand-kids deserve an opportunity to grow and prosper here on Aquidneck Island. Our support of the Navy is critical to growing local, good-paying jobs. State Government should invest in the infrastructure that supports the economic development of our strengths: such as Undersea and Signals Technology from NUWC, Wind Energy from our coasts, and our growing marine trades industry. In turn, a strong economy supports our great hospitality market.
"As a small business owner for the last 27 years, I understand the demands and challenges of being an employer and complying with government regulations. I will work to strike a balance between protecting workers and not overburdening employers."
District 72 runs along the Sakonnet River, from Lawrence Farm in Portsmouth to Sachuest Point in Middletown. Our district is arguably home to the most scenic areas of Aquidneck Island, and is home to much of our drinking water supply. "I support smart growth, which is mindful of protecting our drinking water by addressing issues associated with storm water." Terri supports initiatives that will protect our open spaces.
"Science tells us that Rhode Islanders should be prepared for more storms and flooding. State government should be developing and implementing strategies to improve the resiliency of our vulnerable areas."
Terri supports investment in renewable energy and will work to take legal steps to discourage offshore drilling off our coastline.
Healthcare, or lack thereof, affects all of us. Terri knows that healthcare is a human problem as well as a business problem. “My personal experience has taught me the value of having quality health insurance. Had we not been insured when my late husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer, I could have been one of the statistics we have all read about.”
Terri believes that no one should be forced into bankruptcy because they get sick. Terri understands that the rising costs of healthcare and health insurance are a threat to our economy. The current system of employer-based health insurance places a large burden on small businesses and entrepreneurs. As the Trump administration continues to undo the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Terri believes that our state leaders must look for solutions to improve delivery, and look for efficiencies for the benefit of all Rhode Islanders.
Terri believes that reproductive health care should remain a private matter between a patient and their doctor like every other medical procedure. Privacy was the basis of the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision.
Terri understands that our senior citizen population is growing as more seniors choose to retire on Aquidneck Island.
"State and local governments should be addressing the infrastructure improvements needed to allow seniors to safely age in our community; these resources include appropriate transportation options, senior centers, and home-based healthcare services."
Terri will work to support the planning efforts for this growing demographic.
Terri believes we must care for the most vulnerable among us.
"Are thoughts and prayers enough anymore? 17 more killed in a school, a place that should be safe for our children and educators. I support Safe Schools #NEARIstrong. It is time we rethink our policies and laws. This issue goes beyond gun control - to fix it we need sensible gun laws, support for mental health initiatives, implementation of restorative justice practices, and general investment in the well-being of our children and families."
Another challenge to our community is how to address the toll that the opioid crisis takes on our communities, Terri worked with other community leaders to create a two-part forum. This face-to-face conversation allowed the Portsmouth Prevention Coalition, parents, teachers, administrators, and first responders to refine their strategies for communicating and cooperating to facilitate prevention, rescue, treatment, and recovery.
“The people impacted by this crises deserve our best efforts. We especially need to provide children with stable environments where they can continue their education with the least amount of disruption.”
Terri believes that engagement with our political process is critical to our democracy.
"As Rhode Islanders, we have a unique opportunity to actually make a difference in how our government functions. This is one of the things that I appreciate most about living in the smallest state in the country."
Rhode Island State Representative District 72
House of Representative Committee on Small Business
Aquidneck Island Climate Caucus, Co-founder
Newport Chamber of Commerce Member (former Board Member)
West Side Development Advisory Committee (WSDAC), Member
RI Marine Trades Association Member
Restoration Advisory Board Member for Naval Station Newport
IYRS Marine System Program Advisory Committee, Member
RI Democrat Party Member
Portsmouth Democratic Town Committee, Member
Rhode Island Democrat Party Women's Caucus, Member
Portsmouth School Committee, (former Chair, 10 years of service)
Ocean Link, LLC, Business Owner
Portsmouth Tank Farm Redevelopment Advisory Committee Member (former Chair, Vice Chair)
Portsmouth Water and Fire District Advisory Board Former Member
Portsmouth Economic Development Committee Former Member
Portsmouth Charter Review Committee Former Member
Middletown and Portsmouth deserve an engaged, compassionate, authentic, salt-of-the-earth hard worker
who cares deeply about getting laws passed that will help us all thrive.
You deserve a State Representative for District 72 who is dedicated to solving the issues that affect you daily.
You can count on me.
Contact me anytime.
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