Reed endorses Pichardo in state Senate primary

State Senator Juan Pichardo, who faces a Democratic primary challenge from Maryelyn Alba-Acevedo, has received an endorsement from US Senator Jack Reed.

Providence, RI:  U.S. Sen. Jack Reed formally endorsed state Sen. Juan Pichardo (D-2) today citing a distinguished record of public service and community activism. A champion of working families on such issues as healthcare, predatory lending practices and public education, Sen. Pichardo is seeking his fourth term representing Providence’s second senatorial district. 

“Sen. Pichardo is a true leader for the citizens of Providence,” Sen. Reed said. “He possesses the vision and dedication to address the important issues of our day; social and economic development, predatory lending practices and affordable, accessible health care. Senator Pichardo is a leader in the community, helping to educate youth on the benefits of higher education and displaying a remarkable commitment to service through time spent in the Air National Guard. I proudly endorse Senator Pichardo and believe he is the candidate best suited to address your concerns in the Rhode Island Senate.”

Sen. Reed, who sits on the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, also applauded Sen. Pichardo’s 20 years of military service. Senator Pichardo holds a distinguished record of service in the Air National Guard, which includes awards for longevity of service and achievement.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of a man who has provided great service to our state and our nation. Senator Reed has been at the forefront, confronting difficult issues in a meaningful way and I have a great respect for his work and accomplishments,” Sen. Pichardo said. “I hope to continue my work in the state Senate addressing issues of concern to working families and I appreciate his support.”

This session, Sen. Pichardo championed several bills to ensure the economic well-being of his constituents in these challenging times. He sponsored and passed legislation developing a five-year plan to make the state’s health care delivery systems more accountable and efficient. In 2006, he authored and passed the Rhode Island Home Loan Act to protect Rhode Island homeowners from costly penalties and fees and as chair of the Commission to Study Predatory Mortgage Lending Practices, he is one of the state’s most outspoken supporters of families wrapped into the foreclosure crisis.

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