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PowerPlayer: Ed Pacheco

Monday, March 07, 2011


He’s only 29 years old, but Edwin Pacheco has quickly become one of Rhode Island’s most influential decision makers. Once considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, the lifelong Burrillville resident is now the face of the party.

A former State Rep, Pacheco briefly considered running for Congress before being named Chairman of the Rhode Island Democrats last year.

1) You considered running for Congress. What led you to becoming the face of Democratic Party instead?

Serving as chairman of the RI Democratic Party has allowed me the opportunity to help shape the debate here in Rhode Island. Having served for six years in the House of Representatives and previously a school board member, I always felt a strong two-party system provides a high level of debate allowing voters to make better informed decisions. It is both rewarding and humbling to be a part of the democratic process.

2) Take us through a day in your life.

On top of my full-time position as executive director of a local nonprofit, the beginning of my day as chair is spent combing through the news to be better informed as to the issues facing both RI and our country. I work to secure resources in support of the party and Democratic candidates. While the most public part of my job is Party spokesman, the most important and fulfilling aspect is outreach to local Democrats in cities and towns across the state.

3) If you hadn't heard, Rhode Island is small, which means everyone seems to know what everyone else is doing. Are you conscious of your role as a public figure?

Very much so. As a former representative, every time I entered a local grocery store or restaurant, I found myself answering questions from fellow community members. As chair, I find myself in a similar circumstance, but on a statewide level. It is always an enjoyable experience to strike up a conversation about politics and issues that face our state.

4) What's the most difficult/disappointing part of your job?

Given that I have another full-time job, time constraints prevent me from accomplishing all the necessary goals in the short timeframe in which I would prefer.

5) If you could change one thing about the state, what would it be?

While Democrats have been successful in electing candidates, I would like to see more women and minorities in public office.

6) Tell us something nobody knows about you.

I’m a gamer.

(Quick Hitters)

Role Model: John F. Kennedy

Favorite Restaurant: Wright’s Farm

Best Beach: Newport

Best Book You’ve Read In The Last Year: True Compass by Ted Kennedy

Advice For The Next Ed Pacheco: Listen before you speak.


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