Former Providence Police Officer, advocate for the homeless, announces campaign for RI State House

Richard Fascia, of Johnston, announces District 42 State Representative run


Republican Richard Fascia has officially announced his campaign for state representative for the 42nd House District.

“Today, I am proud to announce my candidacy for the Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 42,” Fascia said. “With a lifetime dedicated to public service, including 20 years in law enforcement with the Providence Police Department, a decade aiding the homeless, and 19 years on the Johnston Zoning Board, I am ready to take the next step. Serving as the representative for the people of Johnston and Cranston will be the culmination of a career dedicated to serving others.”

Fascia said he is committed to engaging with voters throughout the campaign.

“I believe it's time for the voices of Johnstonians to be heard. It has been an honor to serve the Johnston community,” Fascia said. One of my proudest accomplishments has been to lead the Johnston Zoning Board’s defeat of the 55,000-panel solar farm in the Windsor section of town. I hope the people of Johnston will continue to support my efforts to represent them at the State House.”

“This campaign, like all political endeavors, is about the people, not the candidate,” he emphasized. “Over the next few months, I aim to meet with as many voters as possible to hear their concerns and stories firsthand. Understanding the needs and experiences of my constituents will not only empower me but also strengthen the community I hope to represent as we move forward to the State House.”

“Rhode Island currently holds the unfortunate ranking of 47th in fiscal stability, 40th in education, and 48th in infrastructure, in the nation this, despite a fourteen billion dollar budget, more than double that of states like Delaware or South Dakota,” Fascia said. “Rhode Islanders will face the repercussions of the Washington Bridge issue for years, affecting not just our daily routines but also our economic outlook. As a retired police officer, I intend to pose challenging questions at Smith Hill and will expect concrete responses.”

For additional information, visit Fascia’s website at For further inquiries, email

Fascia will likely face the winner of the Democratic Primary in November’s General Election. Democrats Kelsey Coletta, Dennis Cardillo Jr., and incumbent District 42 state Rep. Edward Cardillo Jr. are competing against each other in a Democratic Primary rematch this September. The three also ran against each other in 2022, and Ed Cardillo narrowly won the race. District 42 contains parts of Johnston and Cranston.

Richard Fascia (Submitted photo)

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