Ed Pacheco Declares Candidacy for Congress

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Ed Pacheco Declares Candidacy for Congress


Warwick, RI: On Monday, former State Representative and Rhode Island Democratic Party Chair, husband, dad and community leader Ed Pacheco officially announced his candidacy to replace U.S. Congressman Jim Langevin in Rhode Island’s second congressional district.


Raised in Burrillville, Pacheco learned early on that community voice can be a powerful force for improving the lives of Rhode Islanders. At 19, he became the youngest elected official in Rhode Island history when he joined the Burrillville School Committee. Pacheco went on to represent the people of Burrillville and Glocester as State Representative. He also served as the chairperson of the Rhode Island Democratic Party, where he promoted Democratic ideals and policies to benefit the state’s citizenry. Much of his career has been devoted to expanding educational opportunities for Rhode Islanders, first as executive director of a RI non-profit and most recently as executive director of the Rhode Island College Foundation and interim executive director of external affairs for the college.


Raised by a single mother, Pacheco understands the challenges facing many families today.


“Together we can work to lift millions of children out of poverty; establish universal pre-k; help younger generations escape crushing debt through loan forgiveness; create good paying jobs by supporting the blue and green economy; fight for social justice; and support every American’s right to vote.”


“This is a pivotal moment in our country’s history. Every day it feels as though we are being pulled further apart and the very fabric of our democracy is under attack. It’s as though politicians in Washington have forgotten us and are more interested in political gamesmanship than focusing on the people who elected them. Now more than ever, we can no longer sit on the sidelines,” said Pacheco. “We must come together to advocate for what is best for our community, our state and our nation.”


Mayor Angel Taveras will serve as the campaign’s Honorary Chairperson. “I am proud to support Ed Pacheco in his campaign for Rhode Island’s second congressional district. I have known Ed for years, he is a person of integrity that will fight for us in Washington and will always listen to the diverse voices across our community.”


Pacheco currently lives in Warwick with his wife Claudia and two young children. In the coming days, Ed will continue to engage voters in our district to discuss their priorities and the stakes of this election.




Pacheco for Congress Campaign Committee


Ed is launching his campaign for Rhode Island’s second congressional district with the support of more than 50 community leaders, activists, and everyday Rhode Islanders:


Mayor Angel Taveras, Honorary Chairperson

Jared Abdirkin

Betsy Alper, Chair of the Burrillville Democratic Town Committee

Briana Aucoin

Jeremy Bailey, Burrillville Town Council Member

Ed Blanchard

Vince Bohlinger

Jana Cahill

Michael Cahill

Amanda Cantrell

Tony Caparco

Catherine Collette, Chair of the Charlestown Democratic Town Committee

Will Collette, Democratic State Committee Member

Claudius Cooper

Roshni Darnal

Ann Marie DaSilva

Richard Delfino, Chair of the Johnston Democrats

Anthony DeRose, At-Large LGBTQ Democratic State Committee Member

Grace Diaz, State Representative and Vice Chair of the Rhode Island Democratic Party

Fran Driscoll

Mandi Ellis

Frank Ferri, Former State Representative

Saikon Gbehan

Amanda Gingell, Burrillville Town Council Member

Fred Harrison

Andrea Hopkins

Nick Inglis

Edward Inman, Former Secretary of State and State Committee Member

Rachel Jones

Richard Kalunian, Chair of the Coventry Democratic Town Committee

Donna Kalunian, Coventry School Board Member

Angela Kaplan

Leonard Katzman, Chair of the Portsmouth Democratic Town Committee

Richard Kyte

Kathan Mospaw Lambert, Former Burrillville Democratic Town Committee Chair

Erin Lavigne

Kelly Lechman

Holly Lee

Matthew McDermott

Sean McGarry, Chairman Block Island Democratic Town Committee

Jack McMahon

Sean McQuade

Kaydi McQuade

Steve Mulcahey, Rhode Island Democratic Party Executive Committee Member

Juan M. Pichardo, former State Senator

Scott Pollard, former State Representative

Al Palmisciano

Corey Pontious

Jonathan Roberge

Marissa Roberge

Paul Roselli

Irv Schnieder

Anthony Sinapi, Warwick City Council Member

Ellen Lenox Smith

Joyce Stevos

Elise Swearingen

John Taraborelli

Larry Valencia, former State Representative

Maria Valletta


The announcement video can be downloaded here and will also be viewable on YouTube and social media at launch: https://we.tl/t-qhuLO0LB2n