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Democrats to skirmish for Cranston state Senate seat; Gately in the hunt

May 10, 2012

Two Democrats are set to skrimish for the state Senate being vacated by longtime Cranston senator Beatrice Lanzi.

The Reverend Gene Dyszlewski, a longtime activist and resident of Phenix Avenue in Cranston, announced his candidacy earlier today. Lawyer and Cranston School Committee vice chair Frank S. Lombardi, the brother of former Providence councilor John J. Lombardi, announced a run earlier this week.

Dyszlewski offers this biographical info:

An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Rev. Dyszlewski is a pastor and community activist who has served churches in Rhode Island and Delaware. He is a founding board member of the Riverside Family Center, which provides after-school arts education for children. He is also a founding board member of We Share Hope, a food rescue organization that delivers to 90 soup kitchens, food pantries and faith-based organizations inRhode Island. He is the chair of the Rhode Island Religious Coalition for Marriage Equality, a board member of Marriage Equality Rhode Island, and a member of Clergy for Reproductive Choice. 

Before serving in Christian ministry, Rev. Dyszlewski worked in the behavioral health care field for more than 25 years as a therapist, clinical supervisor and administrator. He holds master’s degrees in theology from Niagara University and in counseling psychology from Columbia University.

Here’s some background on Lombardi:

  Frank belongs to several organizations including the RI Bar Association, RI Trial Lawyers Association, ATLA and Volunteer Lawyers Program. He is a former board member of St. Rocco’s School and St. Mary’s Academy Board of Trustees. Frank also served as Vice President for the Probate Judge’s Association and sat on the Board of Directors for the Justinian Law Society.

Over the years, Frank has received many awards for his commitment to give back to his community. He is a recipient of the Pro Bono Publico Award and RI Bar Association Distinguished Service Award.

Frank earned the Rhode Island Soccer Coaches Association Referee Of The Year   Award (both in 2009 and 2010) and was featured in the Hometown Sports Hero segment on WPRI-TV for his dedication to youth sports.

He also volunteers his officiating to the annual Tony Tribelli Tournament to increase revenues for the Athletic programs in Cranston and is President of the Rhode Island Soccer Officials Association.

Republican Sean Gately challenged Lanzi in 2008 and 2010. He says he plans to “most definitely” run again.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Dub Not Dubya permalink
    May 11, 2012 9:49 pm

    I’m not positive, but my memory is that Lombardi was the deciding vote on the school committee’s decision to try to keep the unconstitutional prayer banner up at Cranston West, thus costing the city thousands of dollars. If I’m wrong, please correct me.


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