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Former AG candidate Stephen Archambault to run for Tassoni’s Senate seat

September 22, 2011

Stephen Archambault, part of the Democratic field last year for attorney general and a former Smithfield town councilor, tells On Politics he plans to run for the state Senate seat being vacated next year by six-term incumbent John Tassoni.

“I am going to run for it, and Senator Tassoni, he supports me fully,” Archambault says. “It’s an opportunity to serve the people of Smithfield, North Smithfield, and Senate District 22.”

Archambault says he wants to stop “and take a critical look at creating jobs and getting our fiscal House in order,” so Rhode Island can compete more effectively with other New England states. He says he’s unaware of other candidates who might run for the Senate seat. “I’m focused on trying to put together the strongest campaign I can, be humble, and shake every hand I possibly can.”

Archambault, a former police officer, has his own law practice, focusing on personal injury and criminal defense work. He also does legal work for the towns of Lincoln and Foster.

During the Democratic race for AG last year, Archambault placed second (with about 26 percent of the vote) to the eventual winner of the office, Peter Kilmartin. The late Joseph Fernandez placed third.

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