Cale Keable announced today he is seeking election to the Rhode Island House of Representatives serving the people of Burrillville and Glocester.
“Now, more than ever, Burrillville and Glocester need a strong voice in the General Assembly,” said Cale. “The proposed power plant threatens the very fabric of our town. We fought tooth and nail to give the people a say. I will continue to be a voice for residents – not special interests.”
A Chicago company has submitted an application to the State to build a 1000-megawatt, fracked gas power plant in the heart of Burrillville’s village of Pascoag. Led by Cale’s opponent, the Burrillville Town Council recently opposed state legislation that would have subjected the tax treaty between the Burrillville Town Council and Invenergy’s power plant to local voter referendum.
“Cale Keable has been standing shoulder-to-shoulder with residents in fierce opposition to the proposed power plant,” said Jason Olkowski, who lives in Harrisville. “Burrillville needs a representative who has listened to our concerns and protects our interests. Other communities across the country have not had such vocal or visible support from their elected officials. Cale has established himself as both a leader and an advocate for our town. We are fortunate to have his leadership in the House of Representatives.”
Cale has chaired the House Judiciary Committee since 2014. Under his stewardship, the committee has passed an unprecedented series of government reforms: elimination of the master lever, comprehensive campaign finance reform, lobbying reform and a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution to bring the legislature within the jurisdiction of the Ethics Commission.
“Our Judiciary Committee has implemented a pro-reform agenda that will restore public confidence in government and ensure that corruption is held accountable,” said Cale.
Cale has also fought to bring resources and tax relief to Burrillville and Glocester. Last year, he voted to reduce the state’s minimum corporate tax, eliminate sales tax on businesses’ utility bills, and create a new jobs tax incentive program. This year, he strongly supported the Administrative Procedures Act that overhauled the state’s regulatory framework. Cale has also passed legislation to ease resident interaction with government. Residents can now apply for hunting licenses online and Burrillville polls will now open at 7 a.m. instead of 9 a.m.
“In the wake of the Great Recession, Burrillville entrepreneurs and small businesses need all the help they can get,” said Cale. “For two years, we have worked to build a better business climate that reduces government’s burden on Burrillville small businesses.”
Cale has fought hard to combat the state’s opioid crisis. He cosponsored the state’s “Good Samaritan Act,” which exempts from liability and provides immunity to individuals who seek assistance when someone is overdosing. Cale also supported bills to further regulate the prescription of opioids, improve emergency room response to overdoses, and require insurance companies to continue coverage of inpatient substance abuse programs.
Cale was born and raised in Burrillville where he proudly attended its public schools. He graduated summa cum laude from Providence College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and history in 1998. Cale received his juris doctorate from Harvard Law School in 2001. He now works as an attorney at the law firm of Partridge Snow & Hahn. Cale, a two time kidney transplant survivor, serves as board member for the New England Organ Bank and is a former board member of the Industrial Foundation of Burrillville as well as Burrillville Schools Alumni Education Foundation Inc. Cale is married to Colleen (Foley) and they live in Pascoag with their two dogs Bonnie and Clyde.
[From a press release]