"Promises made. Promises kept."
That slogan has appeared on Democratic House Speaker Nick Mattiello's campaign mailers and materials in recent weeks as he seeks reelection to the District 15 seat he's held since 2007.
Mattiello faces a challenge from Republican Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung in what is certain to be one of Rhode Island's most closely watched contests. And while his previous GOP opponent, Steve Frias, came very close to victory, the speaker said he feels "extremely confident" of voters' support as he focuses on a "positive campaign."
"If you'll remember in my prior elections, everyone said, 'Oh, everyone hates the speaker. He's the most loathed guy in the universe.' Well, I won!" Mattiello said during his appearance on this week's Radio Beacon podcast.
He added: "I am getting more positive feedback in this election cycle than I have probably since my first election cycle, so I feel extremely confident with my relationship with my neighbors and constituents."
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