Dr. Mark Schwager didnâ€™t wait for the close of 2011 to declare his candidacy for the state House of Representatives in the 2012 election.
Schwager, a two-term Town Council member who ran unsuccessfully for the District 35 state Senate seat last year, has announced his candidacy as a Democrat for the District 30 House seat held by longtime Rep. Robert Watson, the former House minority leader.
The House seat encompasses virtually all of East Greenwich, with a sliver of Warwick, although General Assembly districts are scheduled to be redrawn prior to the election.
Watson, a 10-term incumbent who was voted out as minority leader earlier this year by the House Republican Caucus after his arrest April 22 in East Haven, Conn., on a charge of driving under the influence, has not decided if he will run for another term. He pleaded not guilty last week and is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Nov. 15.
Schwager said Watsonâ€™s legal status was not a major factor in his decision to announce his candidacy earlier.
â€śI wanted to have plenty of time to get organized and do fundraising,â€ť said Schwager, a primary care physician for PACE in Providence and a resident of 1425 Diplomat Drive. He is the first candidate to announce entry into the House District 30 race.
While supporting the state pension reform bill the General Assembly is currently debating in a special session, Schwager feels health care may be an even more important issue to the stateâ€™s financial future.
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