Real Democrats For Real Change — Bell & Regunberg

(3.28) Now comes the hard part. We can’t just ‘vote them out’ without finding better people to vote in. Fortunately, we have two excellent candidates running for statewide office and they are both holding receptions this week.

On Tuesday meet Sam Bell, Brown University data scientist and former state coordinator for Rhode Island Progressive Democrats; he will be launching his campaign for the senate seat currently held by Democrat Paul Jabour. District 5 includes Federal Hill, Olneyville, Armory, and Mt. Pleasant. This event takes place Tuesday, from 6pm to 8pm, at Spirito’s Restaurant, 477 Broadway. (Facebook event.)

To get an idea of Bell’s positions, check out RI Future where he has taken on a wide variety of topics both local and national. And what about gun control? Bell has already taken on the NRA and won! From Katherine Gregg at the ProJo,

In a news release announcing his candidacy, Bell talked about the complaint he filed against the NRA-RI PAC, with the Board of Elections in September 2013. Bell at the time was coordinator of the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats.

The pro-gun-rights group used the PAC to donate to state lawmakers as it successfully defeated gun-control measures that Democratic lawmakers introduced after the Dec. 14, 2012, school massacre in Newtown, Conn. Bell’s group alleged multiple potential violations of state campaign law.

The NRA eventually dissolved the 24-year-old PAC and subsequently agreed to pay a $63,000 fine as part of a settlement with the state elections board.

Go here to buy tickets or donate. You want change? You have money? Give it to Sam!

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On Wednesday you can meet State Representative Aaron Regunberg, candidate for Lieutenant Governor, at the Wild Colonial (Facebook event). As a state rep Aaron has been fighting for universal healthcare, opening up access to the state house, bringing down the cost of prescription drugs, climate action, and more. And this guy is running to win. Every day he has been crisscrossing the state, speaking to community groups and senior centers, and canvassing door-to-door. I am one of the hosts of this event — Aaron is on the right side of all the issues I care about. Read about his plans for the the Lt. Governor’s office.

Aaron spoke at the March for Our Lives regarding the ‘Rhode Island Assault Weapon Ban of 2018,’ a bill which would ban assault weapons and place a 10-round limit on high-capacity magazines. He wears his ‘F’ rating from the NRA as a badge of honor.

Aaron’s fundraiser, 6pm to 8pm, Wednesday, March 28, Wild Colonial, 250 South Water Street. Can’t make it? Donate here! Give till it hurts!

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