Education activist Aaron Regunberg, one of the founders of the Providence Student Union advocacy group, says he's running for the District 4 state representative seat now held by former House speaker Gordon Fox.
Via statement, Regunberg says, “I’m running for State Representative for the Summit, Mount Hope and Blackstone neighborhoods because we need new voices and new leadership in Rhode Island. I’m running to make sure that every one of our public schools is providing the high quality, empowering education our young people deserve. I have fought for education change that comes from the bottom up, with youth, parents, educators, and community members. My work advocating alongside students has shown me what a difference it makes to have leaders who listen to and stand up for our young people, which is what I will do every day as State Representative.”
Providence lawyer Miriam Ross, who ran as independent candidate in losing a state Senate race against Rhoda Perry in 2010, is also running as a Democrat in District 4. Education reformer Maryellen Butke is considered a possible candidate in the race. Heather Tow-Yick, executive director of the RI chapter of Teach for America, has filed paperwork with the state Board of Elections indicating she plans to be a candidate.
Regunberg is a Brown grad with a progressive profile and he lives in the Mount Hope section of the city. He says previously announced candidate Sam Bell is folding his campaign and throwing his support to Regunberg.
Fox resigned his post as speaker last month, one day after his Statehouse office and East Side home were raided by state and federal investigators. Fox has not been present for House sessions since then, although he said his intention was to serve the remainder of his term. Fox, who first won election in 1992, has said he won't be seeking re-election. The reason for the raid remains unclear.