New GOP Hispanic Assembly chair announced

Speaking of Laffey, he, during his Channel 10 appearance, outlined a bold plan to grow GOP representation in the General Assembly. Why isn't it happening? asked Jim Taricani.

As I recall, Laffey said the responsibility belongs, in part, with the governor's office.

In related news, the state GOP has this announcement:

WARWICK, RI – The Rhode Island Republican Party today announces the appointment of Ivan Marte of Cranston to a diversity outreach leadership post within the Party. Marte will become the new Chairman of the party’s RI Republican Hispanic Assembly. He replaces David Quiroa who resigned several weeks ago.


“Ivan Marte is an active leader in the Hispanic community, is active within his own Cranston community and is an energized Republican who will serve us well,” states Chairman Giovanni Cicione. “We are thrilled to bring him on board to this leadership post which is very important to our ongoing outreach efforts to the Hispanic and other diverse communities.”


Marte says he is pleased to take the chairman’s post for the Party. “I am glad to serve the state Republican Party in a Hispanic leadership post because I support the Party’s goals,” Marte says. “I want to help them fight the Democrat leadership at the statehouse and fight to help the family run small businesses which many Hispanics own, which are struggling in Cranston and across the state.”


Marte will also play a pivotal role with the Party’s ongoing candidate recruitment effort, having been a candidate himself who is eyeing another run this year. Marte ran unsuccessfully for Cranston Senate District 28, losing to incumbent Josh Miller in 2006. He expects to announce his intentions about a race this year very soon.


“Ivan has run for office, knows the issues, knows the shortcomings of the opposition, and is well positioned as a candidate himself,” Cicione adds.


Marte, a native of the Dominican Republic, is a professional banker who has worked at the Dominican counterpart of the Federal Reserve Bank and currently is in management with Domestic Bank locally. He has served on the Cranston Mayor’s office Cranston Diversity Advisory Committee, has taught English as a Second Language (ESL) at the Cranston Public Library and is a past recipient of the Dominican American Award.  He is married and the father of seven children.

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