Sam Lovett, who worked for Gov. Chafee as a communications associate and before that on David Segal’s campaign, is running for a legislative seat in the State House to represent East Providence.
He’s 24 years old and says politically he sees things from “a millennial point of view.”
What does that mean? The Democrat says the state should focus on fending off the brain drain, helping Main Streets thrive and protecting the rights of all people.
“Without the growth of vibrant communities to empower Rhode Islanders, we will continue to see the decline of our state’s strength,” he said according to his website. “I will work with the talented parties at state and local levels who are able to assist in revitalizing our communities.”
An equally important part of his platform, he said, will concern social issues.
“Being an ethical voice for social justice in Rhode Island is a major reason why I have decided to run for this state seat,” he said on his website. “Advocating on behalf of the elderly and disabled, ensuring accessibility for the blind and deaf and hard of hearing, continuing the good work of the Rhode Island Senate in supporting the homeless, as well as protecting the rights of minority groups, and the reproductive rights of women — these will be focal issues I support with my candidacy.”
Lovett specialized is social media while with the governor’s office. In April, he left for a job with GovLoop, a social network that connects government employees and officials. He said he left on good terms. He did not yet seek Chafee’s endorsement, but says he expects his former boss will support him – and Lovett says he supports his former boss.
“I would never bet against him,” Lovett said. “With him in charge Rhode Island always has a shot.”
The governor’s office could not be immediately reached for comment (I’ll update this post when I hear from them).
Lovett was raised in East Providence and attended Boston College where he studied history.
Because of redistricting the seat won’t be contested by the incumbent. Already declared for the seat are Robert Britto, according to the East Providence Reporter, and Charlie Tsonos, of East Providence Patch.