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.