Sam unseated a long-time anti-LGBT incumbent in the 2018 primary
Providence Progressive activist Sam Bell has a long history of fighting for core Democratic values. He received national attention for his campaign finance investigation into the Rhode Island NRA PAC, which was illegally funneling national money into state elections in Rhode Island. As a result of his investigation, the NRA PAC was forced to shut down until they paid a $63,000 fine. He has run and worked on numerous progressive advocacy and electoral campaigns. He is challenged and defeated a long-time incumbent whose history of social conservatism is deeply out of touch with the very blue district.