FairVote Rhode Island gets new director

Steve Peoples // Published September 2, 2008 in Projo.com

PROVIDENCE -- A familiar face in State House hallways is leaving town.

Ari Savitzky, the young director of the advocacy organization FairVote RI, is going to law school. The 24-year-old had been on the job for a year.

New FairVote director Matt Sledge, who could be seen at Savitzky's side during the final days of the recent legislative session, announced the job change late this afternoon.

"When you walk into the State House with Ari, everybody knows his name, and for good reason. He's smart, he's politically savvy, and above all he's passionately dedicated to electoral reform," Sledge said in a statement. "Ari deserves a lot of credit for the impressive work he did, along with the other members of our coalitions, on both the national popular vote and youth voter pre-registration bills."

Savitsky will attend New York University School of Law.

Sledge, 22, a recent graduate of Brown University, had been training to take over the director's job since April.

"We have big plans for FairVote Rhode Island this year -- including a dramatic expansion of our youth education program, and key organizational development steps," Sledge said.