John Tassoni Jr., a Democratic state senator from Smithfield, R.I., was first elected to the General Assembly in 2000. He is president of The Sentinel Group, a consulting, marketing, labor relations and media relations firm in Providence. He is publisher of Common Ground, a monthly union newspaper, and previously served as a senior business agent for AFSCME Council 94.
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