In 2014, Julie Casimiro decided to run for the District 31 seat in the Rhode Island House of Representatives. Casimiro ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and went on to face her Republican opponent, Doreen Costa. While Casimiro ran a strong campaign, she received only 46.8 percent of the vote, ultimately losing to Costa. In 2016, Casimiro ran again for the General Assembly, following a 14-month period caring for her 87-year-old mother. Nevertheless, Casimiro made an early start to campaigning — she was knocking on doors and calling constituents in early May 2016. By the time the November election came around, Casimiro had already campaigned in the majority of the district twice.
Casimiro’s interest in public service started at an early age. After graduating from Providence College, Julie held leadership positions in numerous non-profits. She volunteers on several boards and local committees in North Kingstown, where she has lived for nearly 19 years. In June 2016, incumbent representative Doreen Costa announced she would not seek a fourth term in the House. Casimiro decided the time was right to pave her own path to making bigger changes in the community. Her platform focused on “respectable values and professionalism” in addition to job creation and improving the state economy. Casimiro seeks to lower taxes and reduce red tape for businesses in her community. She wants to make the state more attractive for businesses in order to create jobs.
But Casimiro felt that the most important issue in the 2016 election was something different — ethics. She told GoLocalProv “Voters are tired of the lack of transparency and unethical behavior of some elected officials…They are fed up with public corruption!” In the end, her advocacy for clean politics and state government helped secure her victory in District 31. Receiving 57.6 percent of the vote, Casimiro defeated Republican opponent Michael Marfeo in the November 2016 election.