RISC announces new directors

When yours truly mentioned new parts of the conservative/Republican bench in Rhode Island, I forgot to mention the Rhode Island Statewide Coalition, although its rising profile -- chiefly through a frequent e-mail update -- has gotten previous attention in this space. Anyway, RISC has announced its new directors:

The Charlestown-based Rhode Island Statewide Coalition (RISC) has announced nine additions to its Board of Directors.


Among the new directors are: Robert P. Arruda of East Greenwich, former chairman of Operation Clean Government and Voter Initiative Alliance; Roy F. Bonner of Little Compton; William Felkner of Ashaway, President of Ocean State Policy Research Institute (OSPRI); Kernan King, Esq. of Jamestown, Counsel to Governor Donald L. Carcieri; Lloyd Monroe, Esq. of East Providence, Director of the East Providence Taxpayers’ Association; Nancy Richmond of Westerly; J. William Harsch, Esq. of Jamestown, former candidate for Attorney General; Gary Sasse, East Greenwich, Director of the Rhode Island Public Expeditures Council (RIPEC)and soon-to-be Director of the Rhode Island Department of Revenue; Arlene Violet, Esq. of East Providence, former Rhode Island Attorney General and talk-show icon; and William Murphy of East Providence.


RISC’s president, James T. Beale, said, “I expect these proven community leaders to bring a wealth of expertise and experience to our Board, particularly in the areas of sound government, ethics and conflicts of interest, taxation, fiscal responsibility, planning and development, voting rights and education. As Rhode Island faces budgetary deficits in excess of $500 million, federal indictments in the General Assembly, and an unprecedented crisis in public education, RISC seeks to bring such community leaders and their organizations together in the overall effort to achieve significant tax relief, meaningful governmental and educational reform, and open and transparent government.”


RISC, which began in 2003, is now an organization of more than 4,000 members. A grassroots advocacy group, the Coalition is designed to represent Rhode Island citizens who renounce ‘business as usual’ in the Ocean State and seek to reclaim state and local government from the grips of special interests and widespread corruption.

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