School Committee member announces run for state rep

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Terri Cortvriend, chairperson of the Portsmouth School Committee, recently announced she is running as a Democrat in the 2018 elections to represent Rhode Island House District 72. District 72 includes portions of Middletown and Portsmouth. 

“I will bring your voice to the State House to help make our communities of Middletown and Portsmouth a better place to live, work, raise your family, and grow our businesses,” said Cortvriend.

“I am running for State Representative of District 72 because I believe that the people of Middletown and Portsmouth deserve an engaged, compassionate, authentic, hard worker who has personal stakes in getting laws passed that will help us all thrive. A Representative who is dedicated to solving issues that affect our community daily.”

Rep. Kenneth J. Mendonça, a Republican, currently serves as representative of District 72. He is currently serving his first term. 

“I will be visible and approachable,” said Cortvriend. “I promise effective, transparent representation and common-sense solutions. You can count on me to roll up my sleeves and pass legislation that will help you in your daily life.” 

Cortvriend lives with her partner of seven years, Chuck Perry. She has a daughter Savanna. 

The founder and CEO of Ocean Link, Inc. (a marine trade business in Melville), Cortvriend has been a small business owner and employer for more than 25 years.

Cortvriend has served nine years on the Portsmouth School Committee and has been its elected chairperson since 2014.

“I am honored to serve with an incredible group of colleagues,” she said. “And, thanks to our team’s responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars, our teachers, students, and administrators have enjoyed years of fiscal stability.” 

For the past decade, Cortvriend has grown her civic participation with an eye towards increasing her skills and her effectiveness in bringing about positive change.

Cortvriend also serves as a board member of the Newport Chamber of Commerce, and as vice chairperson (formerly chairperson) of the Portsmouth Tank Farm Redevelopment Advisory Committee.

She serves on the Restoration Advisory Board for Naval Station Newport, and on the IYRS Marine System Program Advisory Committee. She served two terms on the Portsmouth Water and Fire District Advisory Board.

Cortvriend served on the Portsmouth Economic Development Committee, and on the Portsmouth Charter Review Committee. Cortvriend is also proud to be a long-standing member of the Portsmouth Democratic Town Committee. 

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