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Gamba To Run Again For Rep. Dist. 32 Seat

She lost in to Laurence Ehrhardt in the Republican primary in 2012.

Sharon Gamba. Credit: Sharon Gamba
Sharon Gamba. Credit: Sharon Gamba

Republican Sharon Gamba announced this week she is running for state representative for Dist. 32, the seat now held by Democrat Robert Craven. Gamba ran for the same seat in 2012, losing in the GOP primary against then-incumbent Laurence Ehrhardt by 18 votes.

Ehrhardt went on to lose to Craven by a 600-vote margin.

“The past two years have been frustrating for me but they have also been very motivating,” said Gamba in a press release. “Since the election of 2012, I have spent a significant amount of time studying and working on issues that matter most to the people of North Kingstown. As vice chairwoman of the North Kingstown Republican Party, I have gained greater insight into many of the issues that face North Kingstown and Rhode Island.”

Gamba and her husband own Cranston Collision Center. She also owns Once in a Blue Moon Antiques on Post Road in North Kingstown. It’s that business experience she said would be particularly valuable at the State House.

“I think they just don’t have anybody [at the State House] who can say, ‘This is how this would effect my business,’” Gamba said about legislation that comes before lawmakers in a phone interview Tuesday.

“The business climate in this state is just awful,” she said. “Is it easier to fight or is it easier to leave? I think it’s easier to fight, at least one more round.”

Gamba said she thinks it’s harder to start a business in Rhode Island today than it was when her husband first opened the collision shop in 1975.

“Our kids are leaving for greener pastures and that’s hard for a parent,” she said.

Gamba and her husband, Dennis Gamba, have two children and two grandchildren.

“After spending many days at the State House during the 2013 session and testifying before House and Senate committees on many bills, I am completely committed to being part of the solution for a better Rhode Island for all residents,” she said.
CompassCarrier January 08, 2014 at 08:29 AM
When it comes time to vote folks, just remember that Gamba is a Dolan/Hueston/McKay supporter.
Politics Sheriff of NK January 09, 2014 at 06:30 AM
Compass you sure? That would be VERY bad.
CompassCarrier January 09, 2014 at 07:14 AM
I'm positive...but I'm sure she will give us a straight-forward honest answer if we ask her. Sharon: you are a Dolan/Hueston/McKay supporter, correct?
Politics Sheriff of NK January 09, 2014 at 07:54 AM
I'll ask too. Sharon Gamba owes it to us to say if she supports the key policy-making faction in her NK republican party, which she is vice chair of. Sharon, do you generally support Dolan and Hueston as TC members, their policies??
E January 09, 2014 at 09:24 AM
I'm very excited to read this news! Sharon is a strong candidate who is not intimidated by her critics. As in 2012, my support is solidly behind her.
CompassCarrier January 09, 2014 at 12:43 PM
Well Mark Hawkins donated to her campaign last time around. So run a quick google check on him and his special projects in town and connections to Hueston etc. Gamba's GOP supported Hawkins as an endorsed candidate......
Politics Sheriff of NK January 09, 2014 at 07:09 PM
Erin u need to wake to reality sometimes and be a big girl. It is not only acceptable for us voters to check and discuss a candidates affiliations and alliances, and discuss them, but also our responsibility. The Hueston/Dolan faction of NKGOP is roitten to the core and the supposed "new members" who want to move past them seem pretty lame at that proclaimed task. Remember that is the faction of the NK republicans that accepted James Halley who ripped off special needs students and more into the NKGOP. Hueston actually tried to go into business with Halley. Compass is right, follow the money, and alliances. If Gamba can explain this away, great. But she needs to.
Politics Sheriff of NK January 09, 2014 at 07:13 PM
And, OTOH, Ehrhardt is in that faction as well and he went so far as to lie to try and protect Halley when OCG asked him about the issue. But then he led Gamba on, and then turned on her. The relationships and ethics of that group (nk republicans) needs to be vetted at every opportunity. If Gamba wanted to avoid that cancer cluster called NKGOP she could always have run as an independent.
E January 10, 2014 at 06:20 AM
@ Politics Sheriff of NK - YAWN......Let me know when you have something NEW to rant about.....
CompassCarrier January 10, 2014 at 08:19 AM
PSONK is on point here, erin. As voters it is our responsibility to closely examine candidates and their ties/alliances before voting. One starting point is their contribution list. Next: who have they supported in the past. The LAST place to look is the PR pieces they put out about themselves. (It's like reading a personal ad: everybody has a good sense of humor and likes long walks on the beach! LOL).
Politics Sheriff of NK January 10, 2014 at 04:54 PM
What's interesting about Erin is that she is a elementary educator, yet she supports the NK republicans who not only admitted the misappropriator of special needs funds and did other things, but also promoted him as a candidate, and while he was doing these damaging things to education in NK, it was predominantly NKGOP school committee members who voted to approve, failed to look into things when told, and then arranged his buyout after the evidence was undeniable. All NKGOP, and especially the NKGOP members that Compass alleges here to be aligned with Sharon Gamba. I have NO IDEA is that's true, and their other Halley-loving faction member Ehrhardt turned on Gamba. But it's not like we have to do kremlinology here on what is simply a garden variety nasty local political clique. Either Gamba is in their camp, or not. You would THINK that a NK mother (Gamba) and teacher (Erin) would be CLEAR on their views on the NKGOP's history on education in NK and other abuses. But I guess if your primary need is to be liked and to have allies, you get it where you can. MY primary need to to PRINCIPLED, just to be clear.
Mike March 13, 2014 at 07:58 PM
Sharon Gamba is a common-sense person with a good heart. Sorry I can't say the same about some of the agenda driven posters above.
CompassCarrier March 15, 2014 at 09:12 AM
A common sense person who supported Hueston, Dolan, McKay???????

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