Jason Knight announced his candidacy for State Representative today in HD-67. The district encompasses parts of Barrington and Warren.
“We need new voices at the State House,” said Mr. Knight. “Our current government is not working fast enough to address our problems; especially in the areas of infrastructure and jobs.” Mr. Knight went on to say, “We need creative and inventive solutions to our issues. Every year, our General Assembly gets together and can’t seem to get the job done. If recent events prove anything, it’s that it’s time for new blood.” Mr. Knight is challenging the current representative, Jan Malik, for the seat.
Knight also spoke out in favor of progressive values and responsible government. “This district deserves a representative with real Democratic values and is willing to stand up for change that matters. Jan Malik voted against gay marriage, votes in lockstep with the NRA, and didn’t even show up for the recent vote on truck tolls. We can do better.”
Knight concluded with, “Over the next few months, I will show the voters in Warren and Barrington that we can change the way things are done in Rhode Island. It starts by electing representatives who are ready, willing, and able to challenge the status quo and work to create new opportunities for economic prosperity.”
Mr. Knight, 46, is an attorney in private practice in Providence. He lives in Barrington with his wife, Nicole Jellinek, and their two children. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1988 to 1996 as an enlisted nuclear power technician. After his time in the service, Mr. Knight attended Emerson College and was the class valedictorian. Mr. Knight attended Suffolk Law School and graduated magna cum laude. Mr. Knight then served as a prosecutor in the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General under Attorney General Patrick Lynch and went on to start his own defense practice in Providence. In Barrington, Mr. Knight and Ms. Jellinek are active members at Temple Habonim, a Reform synagogue.
[From a press release]