Republican Lawmaker Dawson Hodgson Seeks Attorney General Position

Jan 15, 2014

State Senator Dawson Hodgson of North Kingstown Tuesday launched his Republican challenge to Democratic Attorney General Peter Kilmartin.  Hodgson says the theme of his campaign will be one of standing up for Rhode Island.

Dawson Hodgson at the Rhode Island Public Radio studios
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Hodgson is a former state prosecutor serving his second term in the Senate. He’s best known for calling for the creation of an independent commission to investigate failed video game company 38 Studios. Hodgson said he’s consistently been an advocate for the people of the state.

"On matters such as opposing the ill-conceived merger of the education boards or tolling the Sakonnet River Bridge, which I voted against every single time, and many, many other issues, my record shows that I have the judgment and backbone that Rhode Island needs now," said Hodgson.

On other issues Hodgson said a state agreement to buy power from Deepwater Wind is too costly. And he faults Kilmartin for not doing more to oppose the release last year after 14 years of a killer who got a 35-year sentence. At the time, Kilmartin’s office criticized the state Parole Board for voting to release the man.

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