Live Here, Work Here

Work Here, Live Here

One of the values that was instilled in me from an early age was the value of work. My father recently celebrated 50 years in the Laborer’s Union; his job was important to our family, and the powerful example of him going to work day in and day out continues to be one of the key influences in my life. I’m sure that many of us have similar stories about family members who taught us by their example.

Unfortunately, many people here in district 13 and all over Rhode Island cannot find jobs and are being forced to relocate. New graduates are forced to leave our state and people remain unemployed or underemployed. And we run the risk of falling behind on jobs in the new economy.

This needs to change—we need to create jobs in this district that offer people the opportunity to live and work here.

One of the many things I admire about President Pavia-Weed is her commitment to the transformation of the City’s North End, now known as the Knowledge District. I share that commitment, which for her as for me, is born out of a desire to create new jobs for our residents, breathe new life into an under-utilized area of the city, and to give Newport a winning platform for economic prosperity. The potent combination of the city and the state working collaboratively to create this district will yield dividends particularly for our younger residents who seek employment opportunities in the city in which they live.

As the old truism goes, a rising tide lifts all boats. In the same way, creating jobs will benefit all of the constituents in our district. I think about my father’s example, and it inspires me to work hard in my endeavors. Should I have the privilege of representing this district in the General Assembly, I will work with the business community, state and local government, and the constituents of Newport and Jamestown to bring good jobs to this district and keep them here.

David Allard

Candidate for Rhode Island Senate District 13

Letter To The Editor: Why I’m Voting for David Allard for State Senate

My name is Brigid Behan, and I want to tell you why I’m voting for David Allard for State Senate.

I first met Dave when he was my Spanish teacher. Mr. Allard was a tough teacher—he pushed me to do my best in class, but also encouraged me to find my passions outside of the classroom and to follow them. At the end of high school, Mr. Allard ended up being my favorite teacher.

One thing I’ve found is that for too many people, including too many of my friends who grew up with me in Newport, the good, year-round jobs are harder and harder to find in Newport. They have to move away for work, or can’t start on their career paths.

So when Dave told me that he was running for State Senate and asked for my support, I had one question: “Is your campaign going to be about jobs?” Dave told me that bringing and keeping jobs in Newport was one of the central themes of his campaign. Just like Dave did when he was my teacher, he set out clear goals – attract new businesses, promote the jobs in the North End, and find ways for people to live and work in Jamestown and Newport.

I have since he was my teacher in high school, and so I know when he sets his mind to something, he does it. I’m voting for Dave for State Senate on July 18th, and I want to encourage you to do the same. Go to the website, email him, call him, or look forward to meeting him as he is out walking the streets and knocking on doors in the neighborhoods—chances are you’ll see me there too!

Op-Ed: Now, More Than Ever, Our Work and Vigilance to Strengthen Climate Resilience at the Community Level is Critical

Every time I ride my bike along Ocean Drive or take a walk on America’s Cup, I am struck by the natural beauty of our city by the sea. And I feel incredibly fortunate to call it home and to wake up every morning to its salty air and bustling streets. I also feel incredibly proud of the work we are doing as a community to strengthen our climate resilience and to protect our families, homes, environment, and economy – especially given the glut of alarming news out of Washington.

First, steep cuts are proposed for federal environmental protection funding to states, and now President Trump is withdrawing the United States from the Paris Accord – an unprecedented global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the dangerous effects of climate change. Now, more than ever, our work and vigilance at the community level is critical.

As a state, Rhode Island has been out front on climate change, continuing to invest in clean energy and to adapt to a new reality of warmer weather, rising seas, and increased flooding and storms. We’ve constructed the nation’s first offshore wind farm. We are ranked the fourth most energy efficient state in the nation, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. We continue to grow our green economy, with more than 14,000 jobs now supported. And we are working to assess and fortify critical infrastructure across our state.

In Newport, we’ve already experienced the devastating impact of a changing climate. In 2012, SuperStorm Sandy paralyzed our coastal city, knocking out power to thousands of homes, ravaging our shoreline, and damaging priceless landmarks and tourist attractions such as Cliff Walk. In the wake of Sandy, portions of Cliff Walk – one of Newport’s most popular tourism draws – were closed off for more than two years, as a $5.2 million restoration was completed.

We must continue to build on efforts to assess and mitigate our risk and to plan for and adapt to expected climate-related changes. Recently, the City of Newport has taken action to evaluate and invest in our wastewater treatment systems, which are especially vulnerable to storm surge and flooding. This is an important step in the right direction. And we must keep going.

There is considerable work in front of us to protect our historic and beautiful community. As a coastal town, Newport is uniquely vulnerable to a changing climate: our homes, businesses, scenery, and infrastructure – from drinking water to transportation and healthcare. The impacts are far reaching and potentially devastating.

President Trump has signaled a troubling shift in our national posture on this issue. Still, we shouldn’t be deterred but, instead, deepen our resolve and continue to work with communities across Rhode Island – and the region – to strengthen our climate resilience and propel our city forward.

David Allard

Democratic Candidate for Senate District 13 (Newport, Jamestown)