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Tetzner to Challenge Tanzi in Run for Dist. 34 Seat

Tetzner, a Republican and owner of Homestar Mortgage, will challenge incumbent Democrat Teresa Tanzi for the Dist. 34 House seat.

Steve Tetzner, a well known Narragansett businessman and owner of Homestar Mortgage, is vying for the Dist. 34 seat in the Rhode Island House of Representatives.

Tetzner, a Republican, announced his candidacy on Friday morning and said his decision to throw his hat into the ring is based on a realization that there is "a need for change in Rhode Island."

In a release, Tetzner said he "understands first-hand what needs to be done to get the state back on track. He is determined to pursue economic development and social priorities that Rhode Island can actually afford, all while keeping voters’ interests ahead of special interests."

Tetzner, 45, is no stranger to the State House, where he said he routinely meets with state leaders to push for the state to be steered "in the right direction," he said, and along with "reining in business-stifling regulations," he pledged to restore fiscal accountability and to "invest in our children's future by securing public education funding."

"The good people of Narragansett and South Kingstown deserve dependable, reliable leadership from their State Representative and not someone who breaks promises," Tetzner said. "This election is a matter of trust and sound judgment. If elected to the Rhode Island House of Representatives, I pledge to work tirelessly to improve the quality of life for all residents in South County."

Tetzner is promising to donate his entire legislative salary to local chartieis and to establish a local scholarship fund for graduates of Narragansett and South Kingstown high schools. He also said he'd decline General Assembly-provided medical insurance or the stipend he'd get by declining.

Tetzner is inviting the public to attend a meet-and-greet at a campaign kickoff event on March 26 at Phil's Main Street Grille in downtown Wakefield from 7 to 9 p.m.

A 37-year resident of Rhode Island, Tetzner lives in Harbour Island, Narragansett, with his wife Barbara, stepson Zachary and two chocolate labs.

Locals might recognize Tetzner as a member of the Narragansett Lions Club and other charities.

He's also a co-host on "Real Estate Insights," a show on 920 WHJJ and is the mortgage expert on the "The Money Pros" show on FOX TV.

Tetzner will be challenging Democrat Teresa Tanzi, who was first elected in 2010 after defeating incumbent David A. Caprio, who held the seat for many years. 

Caprio is now the state Democratic party chairman.

Tetzner has more information posted on his Web www.tetznerforri.com.

KJ March 21, 2014 at 12:47 PM
What? A person with actual business experience at the state house potentially? Who will protect the unions? Who will protect the special interest groups? Who will push thru social legislation? Who will vote to pay off the 38 studios debt we should not pay. Who will keep unemployment rate high and sales taxes even higher. Who? This is totally un-Rhode Island like.
RITaxpayer March 23, 2014 at 03:20 AM
Well Mr. Tetzner, you picked a rather busy day to announce your run. Back when Tanzi was first running for rep, she was asked who she would support for speaker of the house. She said (paraphrasing) "Gordon Fox and I see eye to eye on most issues." Hmmm... Good luck to you Steve. No doubt, we need a two party system in this state.

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