Once a seemingly uneventful election year is heating up, as Edgar (Ed) Ladouceur, who last ran for state representative in 2008, announced yesterday he is a candidate for the Ward 5 council seat now held by John DelGiudice. DelGiudice announced Monday he would not seek a fifth two-year term.
In an interview yesterday morning, Ladouceur said he had talked with DelGiudice and asked him “if the day comes and you decide not to run, let me know.”
DelGiudice did let him know and Ladouceur, the owner of Stormtite Company and active in the community for more than 32 years, now wants to apply his energy and ideas to helping run the city. He is running on the Democrat ticket.
It doesn’t look like he will be alone in his quest to represent the ward, either. Former Councilman Carlo Pisaturo said last week he is looking to make a return. Danny Hall, who has run against DelGiudice, has announced as a Republican candidate. And there’s talk that former Representative Peter Ginaitt and chairwoman of the Board of Public Safety Leslie Walaska Baxter are also considering a run.
Ladouceur said he aims to “bring a new spin and outlook to what we need to do to make Warwick a better place to live.” Getting down to specifics, Ladouceur said he believes it’s important that the council carefully monitor the memorandum of understanding it has reached with the Rhode Island Airport Corporation to ensure it is followed and that it get its “fair and adequate share of revenue” from the airport.
“Warwick has done well,” he said speaking in generalities, “but there is room to improve and I will work to supply common sense solutions to do that.”
Ladouceur, 60, is a lifelong Rhode Island resident. He started work in the home improvement business after graduating from Smithfield High School and a two-year stint with the U.S. Marine Corps. He was honorably discharged in 1972 and in 1989, after working for 10 years with Stormtite, bought the company.
Ladouceur is an active member of the RI Builder Association, having served as president. He is presently their legislative committee co-chairman. He is also vice-chair of the Contractors Registration Board, co-chair of the Warwick Building Code Board of Appeals, board member of the OSHA Safety Awareness Board and a member of the RI Small Business Advocacy Council and Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce.
In 2008, when Ginaitt chose not to seek re-election to the 22nd Representative District, Ladouceur ran as the endorsed Democrat and lost in a primary to Frank Ferri.
While his loss was a disappointment, Ladouceur hasn’t lost his interest in public and community service. He has been active in fundraising for Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center and the JONAH Center in Oakland Beach. His involvement has been recognized with a Partner in Philanthropy Award, the Paul Harris Fellow Award from Warwick Rotary and the DAV Employer of the Year Award. The Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce named him Businessperson of the Year in 2010.
A resident of Warwick Neck, Ladouceur has been married to his wife, Deborah, since 1972. They have two children, Julie who lives in Warwick, and Brian, a resident of North Kingstown.