Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Robert Craven beat incumbent Laurence Ehrhardt for a seat in the General Assembly.
This January will mark the first time since 2005 that Rep. Laurence Ehrhardt will not be up at State House as a local representative after he was defeating by Democrat Robert “Bob” Craven in last week’s general election. Ehrhardt, who won his last election in 2010 against Democrat Richard Welch by almost 1,300 votes fell to Craven by more than 600 this time around. “I was very surprised with the results,” said Ehrhardt. ”I had no feeling at all that it would go this way.” Both men had very different paths to election night this year that both made headlines over this summer. Ehrhardt faced an unexpected primary against Republican Sharon Gamba, who claimed that Ehrhardt was initially going to step down and she was picked to be his successor…
Monday, September 17, 2012
House District 32 was among six other races that underwent a recount to see no changes.
It will be incumbent State Rep. Laurence Ehrhardt heading to the general election this November for House District 32 following a recount of last week's primary vote. Republican challenger Sharon Gamba requested the recount, along with several other General Assembly candidates, in her primary race for District 32 after losing by only 16 votes. All except one recount scheduled on Monday saw no changes to the Sept. 11 outcomes. The Board of Elections, which conducts the recounts, was held up for most of the afternoon attempting to reconcile a recount of Pawtucket's House District 58 which resulted in a tied vote and a missing ballot. After four vote tallies, all turning up varying results, the race is still in limbo. The Board will meet on …
Republican contender Sharon Gamba is requesting a recount of last week's primary race against Rep. Laurence Ehrhardt.
Republican hopeful for House District 32 Sharon Gamba is among several General Assembly candidates seeking a recount of last week's primary race. The state Board of Elections will meet at 9 a.m. Monday morning to start the recounts. Gamba lost to incumbent Ehrhardt in last week's race by a mere 16 votes. For Ehrhardt, the margin was closer than expected. "I was surprised by how close the vote was," said Ehrhardt. "But I'm confident that the recount will not affect the outcome of the race." Gamba is among five other General Assembly candidates seeking recounts. Carlos Tobon, a challenger for House Deputy Majority Leader William San Bento's seat, lost by just three votes while Democrat Louis Azar lost to John Cullen in the Senate District 17…
Friday, September 7, 2012
A contentious campaign for District 32 will end with Tuesday's primary election.
A summer of contentious campaigning will come to an end for two Republicans vying for District 32’s seat in the General Assembly on Tuesday as voters hit the polls for the 2012 Primary Elections. On the ticket for District 32, State Rep. Laurence “Larry” Ehrhardt looks to hold his seat and pursue a fifth term against newcomer Sharon Gamba. Ehrhardt was first elected to the General Assembly in 2004 after getting involved in politics during the Quonset container port debate in the early 2000s, which he vocally opposed. Ehrhardt, who formerly worked in the shipping industry, moved to Wickford from Connecticut in 2000. For his fifth term, he looks to focus on more economic development, municipal reform and job creation. “I have about 650 …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Ehrhardt is eyeing his fifth term in the General Assembly.
Name : Mr. Laurence W. Ehrhardt Also known as : Larry Date of birth : 20 May 1940 Place of residence : North Kingstown, RI Attended college : Yes College : Yale University Degree : BA Year of graduation : 1961 University : Harvard Degree : Master of Business Administration Year of graduation : 1966 Has served in the military: Yes Rank : Lieutenant Date when discharged from duty : 01 January 1970 Job titles held : Treasurer Employers : various, Moore McCormack Resources Party affiliation : Republican Running for a: State office Running for position: Representative in General Assembly Chamber/district: Incumbent: Yes First elected: 02 November 2004 Previous elective offices : NA Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : General Assembly 2002 …
Sunday, August 26, 2012
One North Kingstown resident discusses Sharon Gamba and her ties to the ill-fated. auto body shop bill.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Many of us in RI House of Representatives District 32 have been receiving communications from Ms. Sharon Gamba regarding her candidacy for the General Assembly. She describes herself over and over as a small business owner...but why does she never disclose the actual business she owns? Ms. Gamba and her husband own an auto body business in Cranston. This is the same industry that was behind what has been described as one of the worst bills for the residents of RI in our history. The auto body bill that was snuck through the General Assembly in the final hours of the last session would have allowed auto body repair shops to set their own fees for repairs with insurance companies. Representative Ehrhardt fought this bill because it would …
Monday, July 2, 2012
Former town councilor Robert Craven has been picked to oppose Republicans State Rep. Larry Ehrhardt and Sharon Gamba in the fall.
The Republican Party will have a Democratic challenger for General Assembly's District 32, representing North Kingstown. The Rhode Island Democratic Party's chairman has picked local lawyer Robert E. Craven to face off against Republicans State Rep. Laurence Ehrhardt (the incumbent) and Sharon Gamba, according to the Providence Journal. Both of the state's Republican and Democratic chairmen had 24 hours following Wednesday's candidates' filing deadline to find candidates for unchallenged seats. According to the Providence Journal, one out of every five incumbents in the General Assembly is running unopposed. Only the Democrats chose to seize the opportunity and plugged in the hole for the District 32 seat, where the only candidates were …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
One local gallery owner urges the General Assembly to create a Wickford Art District.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
To the RI General Assembly: Don't discriminate! It's only fair to create a Wickford Art District, too! Wickford is known for its art community, as it is home to one of the oldest art festivals in the country that is recognized internationally. Why then has it been prevented from the same benefits provided to nine other RI communities that have designated tax-exempt art districts? (Providence, Pawtucket, Westerly, Woonsocket, Tiverton, Little Compton, Newport, Warwick and Warren.) The RI General Assembly declared these areas would "promote economic development, revitalization, tourism, employment opportunities, and encourage business development by providing alternative commercial enterprises.” [RIGL §44-18-30B(6)]. In short, the …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Will the General Assembly allow Wickford to become a tax-free art district?
The Rhode Island State Senate has passed legislation establishing a Wickford Art District. In other communities, artists and galleries in these art districts are exempt from the state sales tax on goods and works produced and sold in the designated district. The measure has the backing of locals who believe it will be a boon to the historic village. Senator James Sheehan (D- North Kingstown, Narragansett) introduced the legislation earlier this legislative season. "Wickford thrives on the arts, and artists and artisans bring life and vibrancy and visitors to our community; visitors who may come looking for art but who find many other shops and stores that benefit from the influx of these consumers," said Sheehan. "Helping and supporting …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The head of the state's Economic Development Corporation has stepped down following the controversy of Curt Schilling's 38 Studios.
Keith Stokes has stepped down as the head of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation amid the controversy surrounding Curt Schilling’s videogame company 38 Studios, according to the Providence Journal. The company, headed by the former Red Sox pitcher, defaulted on a $1.125-million payment to the state on May 1. On Wednesday, Schilling and members of 38 Studios met with state and EDC officials in an emergency meeting that was closed to the public. In 2010, EDC approved a $75-million guaranteed loan to the videogame company following 38 Studios’ promise to bring 450 jobs to the state by the end of 2012 and moved its business from Massachusetts to Providence. Stokes, a longtime board member of the EDC, was appointed by former Gov. …