Community activist Lisa Scorpio has joined the Democratic primary field running against state Rep. John Carnevale (D-Providence).
Scorpio, who works as an executive assistant in the Providence schools, said she decided to run because of the residency questions facing Carnevale and since she was encouraged by the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, among others.
“He’s a four-term rep, but he’s never been opposed," Scorpio said. "My game plan is to be honest, open and to be on the side of the middle-class person. I don’t know that Carnevale would have all this power if he had been opposed all these times he ran.”
Carnevale was first elected in 2008. The Providence Board of Canvassers is expected to hold a mid-July hearing to examine whether he lives in his Providence district, and State Police have launched a related probe. Carnevale maintains he lives in his district, and he's said he plans to seek re-election.
Scorpio said she has not run for office before. She said she is a co-founder of the community group #300Women, has served on the boards of a number of community groups, and supports gun control and cutting tax breaks for the affluent.
She said she lives by a quote from Elie Wiesel: "We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor."
“I’ve spent most of my life right here in this community,” Scorpio said in her campaign announcement. “My grandparents immigrated to Silver Lake in the early 1900’s from Italy and I’ve always felt it was important to live here. To make sure my children thought of this place as home. I’ve worked for years to help this community grow and adapt. I’ve stood arm and arm fighting for the change we need. I’m running now to take that fight to the State House.”
Another Democrat, Ramon Perez, has also said he plans to run against Carnevale. Scorpio said she plans to speak with Perez "to see if we can all get together."