What Makes Paul Pence a Good Candidate for Rhode Island’s Lieutenant Governorship

Paul Salfen

Paul Pence is an engineer who is pivoting from fixing problems in business processes to fixing problems in Rhode Island. The lack of accountability for current state politicians for the past eighty years has left much to be desired.

It was his first experience as a voter that opened his eyes to the state of US politics. ” I was shocked to see a horribly imbalanced slate when I went to the polls for the first time. One party controlled everything and the other was almost nonexistent. Checks and balances were not provided. Politicians were not held accountable. “There was no credible competition to keep things running smoothly,” he recalled.

With his engineering training, he felt compelled to roll up his sleeves and do something about this. 

After that, Paul began to see other problems. His observation was that schools were not working as well as he had hoped. According to his research, less than 2 percent of students were performing at grade level. He started noticing that the taxation laws in the state were abusive to small businesses and was incentivized towards big companies. As a result, it’s harder for small businesses to grow and thrive in Rhode Island. 

“As an engineer, I look for the root cause of the problem. We have let career politicians decide what they should do and how they should do it for themselves. Citizens aren’t standing up and addressing the problems. “We aren’t running for office,” he said.

Twelve years ago, he decided to run for office and knocked on doors to resounding opposition. Everywhere he went, he heard no.

They said, “Nope, nope, you don’t have a career in politics to base this on. You don’t have money, you don’t have connections, you really need to not run for office.’”

He felt beaten down by this frosty reception. After sulking for a few days, he realized he needed a new approach. He started encouraging people to run for office with the message, “If you run for office, I’ll run for office. “No money, no connections, no history, no problem. It’s the same for me. However, I will run for office.”

Using this strategy, he won the Republican nomination. The lack of money and connections prevented him from winning the race.

This time around, Paul Pence is running in a primary for lieutenant governor. The lieutenant governor is involved in interdepartmental affairs within the administration and interstate affairs between states. As a voice for small businesses, the lieutenant governor is in charge of the Small Business Advisory Council. In addition to overseeing emergency management, this position serves as an ombudsman for everyone. Almost every day, Paul receives phone calls from people who want to talk about their problems. Additionally, the lieutenant governor is the state’s primary cheerleader and promotes tourism into the state.

Paul’s campaign is gaining more attention every day. “We’re making a difference,” he said. We are getting candidates and developing them. Hopefully, we’ll soon have a credible opposition party holding politicians’ feet to the fire and not letting them get away with the kinds of things they’ve done for 80 years.”