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Sam Bell

Running for State Senate, District 5
Rhode Island
Election: Nov. 6, 2018

One of Rhode Island's leading progressive activists, Sam has spent the past six years fighting for common-sense Democratic reforms. Sam successfully led the campaign finance investigation that exposed the NRA's illegal scheme for funneling national money into Rhode Island elections. As a result of his investigation, the NRA's Rhode Island PAC had to shut down until they paid a historic $63,000 fine. Sam chaired the Stop the Stadium Deal campaign, which successfully defeated the plan to use hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to move the PawSox to the site of the planned waterfront park on the I-195 land. He has been involved in numerous progressive Democratic campaigns in our state, and he led the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats for several years. Sam holds a PhD in geophysics from Brown University, and he currently works as a data scientist. He lives in Mt. Pleasant with his fiancée, Samantha, who works as a game designer at Hasbro.