Millennial Candidates to Watch This Election Season in Rhode Island

We had the opportunity to speak with some of Rhode Island’s most promising younger candidates to find out about their backgrounds.
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It’s election season and Millennials are taking the ballots by storm. Be sure to vote by mail-in ballot or in person on November 3. We had the opportunity to speak with some of the state’s most promising younger candidates:

 

Vinny Gebhart 

  • Affiliation and Position: Democrat, Warwick City Council
  • Residence: Warwick
  • Education: Public school in Cranston, (Horton, Peters, Glen Hills); LaSalle; Providence College (BS in Computer Science)
  • Employment: Vice President of Customer Operations, Powerhouse Dynamics
  • Hobbies: Chasing my kids around, poorly played golf, pickleball (or anything with a racquet / paddle), all things food, learning new things and cool experiences.
  • Tell us about your run: “Our kids deserve to live in a world that is fair, where a high quality public education is a right, where the environment is cherished for our generation and for the future, where a working family earns a living wage, and where our varied and diverse backgrounds are celebrated and embraced because those differences are what make America.”

 

Alexander Kithes

  • Affiliation and Position: Democrat, Woonsocket City Council
  • Residence: Woonsocket
  • Education: Woonsocket High School; Boston University (BS in Electrical Engineering); Brown University (MS in Chemical Engineering)
  • Employment: currently City of Woonsocket
  • Hobbies: cooking; gardening and chicken-keeping; painting; writing poetry; spending time outdoors; politics.
  • Tell us about your run: “I am a real (progressive) Democrat, running along with three other great Democrats from our community. We are running to win a majority on the city council, so our city government can actually get to work being responsive to the community and addressing the very real crises we are facing: the climate crisis, systemic racial injustice, the COVID-19 pandemic, the housing crisis and educational underfunding. I ran and won last year because Woonsocket needs city councilors who are willing to think boldly and work to solve problems; and that’s why I believe all four of us will win in November!”

 

Justine Caldwell

  • Affiliation and Position: Democrat, State Representative (District 30)
  • Residence: East Greenwich
  • Education: University of Rhode Island (BA and MA in English); Bowling Green State University (PhD in American Studies)
  • Hobbies: Reading, cooking, spending time with friends and family (including my two kiddos!), knocking on doors in my district, everything politics!
  • Tell us about your run: “I was inspired to run for office after the presidential election of 2016. I knew that the results didn’t reflect my values or the values of my neighbors. I’ve worked hard to listen to folks in my district, to represent them honestly and effectively on issues from gun violence prevention to property tax rates. Supporting women and families, equitable access to education and health care and reducing income inequality are becoming more popular political messages in Rhode Island every election cycle, and I’m proud to have always been strong on these issues and to continue to  support legislation that will provide a good quality of life for all Rhode Islanders.”

 

Tiara Mack

  • Affiliation and Position: Democrat, State Senate (District 6)
  • Residence: Providence
  • Education: Brown University (BA in Public Health)
  • Employment: Youth Organizer
  • Hobbies: Eating doughnuts, rugby, reading fantasy trilogies.
  • Tell us about your run: “I came into this race as a proud, Black, queer woman with the message that Black and queer liberation needs to always be at the center of our policies. When we fight for justice and liberation, we fight for everyone.”

 

Terrell Parker

  • Affiliation and Position: Democrat, Town Council
  • Residence: Scituate
  • Education: University of Rhode Island (BA in Political Science and Psychology); Currently pursuing a dual master’s degree with an MPA and MA in International Relations from the University of Rhode Island
  • Employment: Graduate Teaching Assistant at URI
  • Hobbies: I enjoy hiking, running, trivia and game shows. I watch Jeopardy every night.
  • Tell us about your run: “As a council member, I plan on being a voice for everyone, but especially for the young working families who too often feel underrepresented. I aim to restore accountability and accessibility in government. But most importantly, I want to make sure that everyone feels like they are part of the process of governing our town.”

 

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