Guest MINDSETTER™ Peter Costa: Why I’m Running for State Rep.

Monday, August 06, 2012


My name is Peter Costa, Jr. and I’m running for State Representative in District 67 (Barrington, Warren) because I believe Rhode Island’s future can and will be exceptional once again. I am energetic, hardworking, and most importantly accountable. For too many years the people of District 67 have been represented by a Providence insider who missed 42% of all votes taken in 2011 (missed 355 votes including the $8 Billion budget vote).

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Other votes that he missed were the 2004 Affordable Housing Mandate and the 2010 Jobs Guaranty Legislation (38 Studios Loan Guarantee). The citizens of District 67 have not had a voice in their government and the future is too important to have someone representing us who neglects his basic duty and does not do his job. Barrington and Warren deserve a legislator who leads and who votes.

As a lifelong resident of the Ocean State, I know Rhode Islanders want new ideas, a new vision and new results for a better future. On my first day as Representative in January, I will lead a new initiative to ensure that our laws give every Rhode Islander the opportunity to prosper. My number one priority is to change policy to create a pro-growth, pro-jobs economy for all Rhode Islanders. America’s Industrial Revolution began along the banks of the Blackstone River with Samuel Slater who undoubtedly knew - as we know today - that the Rhode Island entrepreneurial spirit should not be stifled by the heavy hand of government.

If we elect legislators who understand how changes in public policy can spur economic growth, together we’ll lead the country in our job growth statistics, not our unemployment rate and debt/GDP ratio. With new legislators and a mandate for growth and tax reform, we will create a business environment in Rhode Island that makes us competitive again with our New England neighbors. I am running for the General Assembly because I understand that manufacturing, tourism, hospitality and healthcare are our leading industries and they will help drive our economic recovery and create new jobs for Rhode Islanders.

I have visited over 1,400 homes and a number of businesses in Barrington and Warren and I hear a clear message: “Make our government more efficient and accountable so our state can prosper once again!” I have also seen first-hand the damage this prolonged recession has had on families in our community and they need our help. Therefore, we must provide the most vital services to our residents while rebuilding our economy.

In 2011, Rhode Island ranked last in the nation for business competitiveness and 1,265 more people left Rhode Island than established a residency here. Let’s take a big step in the right direction: cut waste in our state government, lower taxes for our residents and their businesses, and re-establish Rhode Island as a great place for public education. Let’s get started on the great Rhode Island comeback with smart, accountable, and common sense government.

Thank you for your support on November 6th!

Peter Costa is a Republican candidate for State Rep. in District 67.


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