Paul Roselli, who describes himself as a “social justice, environmentalist and Invenergy power plant opposition leader” has declared himself as a candidate for Governor of the State of Rhode Island.
Roselli announced his candidacy to a group of about 150 individuals in early September and confirmed his candidacy to this reporter on September 27. Roselli will challenge Governor Gina Raimondo in the Democratic primary. Yesterday former State Representative Spencer Dickinson announced his campaign and former Governor Lincoln Chafee is said to be weighing entry into the race.
Roselli said, “Raimondo has ignored ordinary citizens. Whether its the 700 employees of Benny’s, the Saint Joseph’s pension fund collapse, loss of municipal land use control and yes, the fracked gas fired power plant proposed for the middle of the woods in northwestern Rhode Island, our Governor comes late to these discussions, ignores thousands of hard working citizens, and instead spends time catering to corporate interests and needs.”
Talking about his background, Roselli writes, “I was a grass roots organizer at the Rhode Island House and Senate for nearly 5 years representing small and medium groups to oppose and support land use policy, environmental policy and energy efficiency program legislation. I had a pretty good track record.”
— Steve Ahlquist (@steveahlquist) September 27, 2017
Roselli is a native Rhode Islander and grew up in Providence. He is a resident of Mapleville, RI and the president of the Burrillville Land Trust and President of the Rhode Island Association of Conservation Commissions. Roselli is a board member of the Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone. Roselli holds a BS in Plant and Soil Science from URI, an MA in Education and is a graduate student in a Master of Science program called Global Environmental Studies at Bryant University. Roselli has steeped himself into the Invenergy project since August 2015.
Roselli, who has contributed to RI Future, has conducted a number of “Learn the Facts” presentations about Invenergy‘s $1 billion fracked gas and diesel oil burning power plant aimed at Burrillville. “A gas fired power plant supported by the Governor is not what we need in a time when we should stop using fossil fuels,” said Roselli. “Rate increases when Rhode Island is one of the leaders in energy efficiency is not what we need. Giving away millions to billionaires is not what we need either. We need a sustainable progressive jobs program for all working people, a more trusted government and I’m the one who will do that.”
Here is Roselli speaking during a rally outside the National Governor’s Association meeting in Providence, RI in July 2017.