To the Editor:
My name is Dan Elliott, and I’m running for State Representative here in Warwick. I am a political newcomer who decided to step into the arena and run to represent my city at the State House. Those of you who vote in Rhode Island House District 20 have probably met me at your home or on your street by now. I have been walking our district for three months, speaking directly to the people one-on-one. My campaign has always been positive and issues oriented, and my demeanor is always warm and genuine. As a former hospitality manager and now a small business owner, I want to earn your business. As a candidate for State Representative, I want to earn your vote.
In the election of 2016 I was a first time, long shot, grassroots challenger for the same seat. I gave it my best shot, but I lost. It was a clean, hard fought race and no one ever personally attacked me. I did not give up, and I’m running again in the November 6, 2018 election. My opponent is the four term incumbent, Dave Bennett, another good-natured guy who has never attacked anyone’s character or integrity. In my campaign I have strongly objected to Mr. Bennett’s voting record in the House of Representatives. I have taken strong positions on legislative term limits, corporate welfare spending, jobs and the economy, and funding for Warwick schools. Dave and I disagree on a lot, but we are not disagreeable. We respect each other, and I’m proud of that.
As an independent, no one recruited me to run for office. I decided to offer myself as a candidate because I felt our current representative in the House was out of touch with the people of our district. I’ve never sought any endorsement, nor have I ever claimed to be endorsed by any elected official or political organization. All I have done to earn my support is knock on thousands of doors and spread my message of change to hundreds of people one-on-one. In all five neighborhoods of our district, people I never knew have become good friends. I am personally invested in this race, and the voters who have read about my campaign and support my candidacy have put their faith in me to get the job done. They are counting on me to represent them with honor and integrity, and I have promised to always put their interests first.
If we haven’t met yet, I hope to see you soon. When you meet me and get to know me personally, you will clearly see the recent attacks on my character for exactly what they are. I look forward to sharing my campaign with you, and I hope to earn your vote in the General Election on November 6.
Independent candidate for Rhode Island’s
20th House District Seat