Press Release

Mary Ann Shallcross Smith has officially announced her candidacy for the District 46 Lincoln seat in the R.I. House of Representatives currently held by retiring State Representative Jeremiah O’Grady.

She will be running as a Democrat. Mary Ann is no stranger to State House politics, having served in the R.I. House of Representative from 2008 to 2010.

Her focus then and now continues to be her service to the needs of her constituents in Lincoln and Pawtucket.  She has been and will always be a voice for the people of her district.

Mary Ann’s entrepreneurial spirit started early in 1972 when she began a home-based child care business  in her Lincoln home and that has blossomed to her current various Dr. Day Care business operations 9 state-licensed child care centers.  The same level of dedication to families, especially its most precious component of all, children, still rings true in her current comprehensive cluster of daycare centers caring for infants through school age.

A lifelong Ocean Stater, Mary Ann is a 1970 graduate of Lincoln Senior High School Mary Ann returned to college nine years after graduating from LHS, attending CCRI, URI, and RIC.  She achieved her Doctorate degree in Human Development, Child/Youth Studies and Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in 1995. The name “Dr. Day Care” not only represents her educational success but her commitment to excellence in her business practices. Mary Ann is currently a Board member and  past Chair of the Northern RI Chamber. She also served as a Lincoln School Committee member.

Mary Ann functions best when presented with problems and brings her laser focus to solving those problems.  In business as in life, those skills are necessary in this complex world, especially in service to the community and the state. That’s why she is eager to bring her past experience at the State Legislature and her business acumen to helping solve the problems confronting our lawmakers today.

As a well-known and highly experienced child care business operator, Mary Ann and her experienced Dr. Day Care finance staff has assisted the State in the past when called on to lend her small business private sector expertise to find solutions that work.  Her care and concern for others colors everything she does and will do as your elected State Representative for District 46.

Mary Ann will be deeply honored to receive your vote which will enable her to listen to and represent her constituents’ needs where they will do the most good – at the State capital.  She can be reached at or Facebook: Friends of Mary Ann Shallcross Smith.

No one will work harder, think clearer and act forcefully when you elect her to serve once again in the State House of Representatives.