Rhode Island’s Democratic secretary of state primary between Newport investor Guillaume De Ramel and Nellie Gorbea is shaping up as one of the state’s most interesting down ballot elections in this 2014 campaign cycle.
De Ramel will announce this afternoon that he has secured the endorsement of former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, who represented the state’s First District from his first election in 1994 until he decided against running for reelection in 2010.
Nellie Gorbea is touting an endorsement from Elizabeth Roberts, Rhode Island's first female lieutenant governor, as Gorbea tries to become the state's first Latina secretary of state.
Roberts, who is poised to leave public office in 2015 after two terms as lieutenant governor, is co-chairing a Women for Nellie fundraiser on March 3 at Embolden Design in Pawtucket. The other co-chair is Embolden's owner, Ann-Marie Harrington. Suggested contributions for the event run from $50 to $1000.
Democratic Secretary of State candidate Guillaume de Ramel is taking a strong stand against the voter ID law passed in 2011, one week after his campaign said he favors "a better balance between conducting fair elections and encouraging people to exercise their right to vote."
Providence City Councilor Terry Hassett, who was among the earliest to emerge as a prospective candidate for secretary of state in 2014, says he'll decide by month's end whether to pursue a campaign for that office.
The field of potential candidates for SoS has changed considerably since Hassett's interest was first reported in mid-2011.