Conley to challenge Langevin for R.I.’s 2nd Congressional Seat
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — With just under three months until the Democratic primary, there is a late entry into the race for congress.
Dylan Conley, the chairman of the Providence Board of Licenses, has declared he’s running against Congressman Jim Langevin for Rhode Island’s 2nd Congressional seat.
Conley, 33, is the son of state senator William Conley, and works as an attorney.
The millennial says his run was inspired by recent events, like the coronavirus pandemic, and the death of George Floyd.
He plans to utilize the power of social media to campaign against the incumbent Langevin, who was elected to Congress in 2000.
“This is our generation’s opportunity to upgrade congress, upgrade our society, the time to make everything better and brighter,” Conley told ABC 6 on Tuesday.
“This is about everyone in Rhode Island who feels their future doesn’t look the way they want it to,” he said.
Time isn’t on Conley’s side, and he will face a funding hurdle too, as Langevin’s campaign finances exceed one million dollars.
“We’re at a critical turning point in American history,” Conley said, “and I cannot be on the sidelines while this happens.”
In response to the launch of Conley’s campaign, Langevin’s campaign manager, Mike DeAngelis issues this statement:
“Congressman Langevin is laser-focused on unifying Rhode Islanders, keeping communities safe and healthy, and boosting our state’s recovery efforts as we get through these trying times together. He has always fought for the people of Rhode Island and will continue to do so.”
On the Republican side, former state representative, Bob Lancia has declared as a candidate.