NORTH SMITHFIELD – State Sen. Jessica de la Cruz formally announced her bid for reelection for the District 23 State Senate this week, a seat she has held since 2018.
de la Cruz is a Republican, representing Burrillville, Glocester, and part of North Smithfield.
de la Cruz was appointed to serve on the powerful Judiciary Committee, as well as the Labor Committee. In her freshman term, de la Cruz notes that she debated some of the most contentious bills considered by the General Assembly.
“In representing my community, I recognize that I serve my constituents best when I vote their values and priorities on the issues we debate, and I believe my voting record demonstrates that conviction,” de la Cruz said.
“For example, during the budgetary process last year, I reminded my colleagues that we must put our needs before our wants when I advocated for restoring the services promised to our veterans at the Rhode Island Veteran’s home,” she said. “I also worked with my colleagues in a bipartisan effort, to prioritize the infrastructure improvements needed for Rt 146. I am proud to say our collective voices were fruitful, as Rhode Island was recently awarded a $65M federal grant to overhaul this stretch of highway. It is a win for the region’s commerce, tourism, and transportation needs.”
In collaboration with community leaders, state officials, and other interested parties de la Cruz shared how proud she was to sponsor the Energy Facility Siting Act, which would provide more transparency when future energy sites are considered.
“I value the dialogue on issues and concerns that I have had with northern Rhode Island residents over the past two years and deeply appreciate the trust my constituents have placed in me,” she said.
Since joining the Senate, de la Cruz has held monthly meetings at local coffee shops — “Coffee with Jess,” – making her recognized as one of the most accessible legislators in the General Assembly, she noted.
Regarding the election, de la Cruz said, “It has been a great privilege to serve my neighbors in District 23 for the last two years. I ask the voters to please consider me when casting their ballots this fall. It would be an honor to continue the work that we’ve started together and a great opportunity to make additional headway in the initiatives important to changing the way that government is managed in Rhode Island.”
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