lieutenant governor en Director Of State Elderly Affairs Division Jumps Into Lieutenant Governor Race <p>Catherine Taylor, the State’s director of the Division of Elderly Affairs is stepping down from her post to jump into the race for Lieutenant Governor.&nbsp; This will be the second time Taylor will run against Ralph Mollis.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The first time the two sparred for political office was in 2010, in the race for Secretary of State. Mollis won that contest by a razor thin margin of 1.2 percent beating Taylor by less than four thousand votes; not enough to prompt a recount. Since then Taylor has served director of the Division of Elderly Affairs for Rhode Island.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:37:56 +0000 John Bender 34933 at Sec. Of State Ralph Mollis Kicks Off Campaign For Lt. Governor <p>Secretary of State Ralph Mollis officially kicked off his campaign Monday for Lt. Governor.&nbsp; One of Mollis’s goals is to put the lieutenant governor and governor on a single ticket.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>And that would require changing the state’s constitution, which means voters would have to decide whether they want their governors and lieutenant governors running on a single ticket. Mollis said linking the two offices would turn a lieutenant governor into a more formal advisor to the governor.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 15:24:22 +0000 Catherine Welch 28271 at Sec. Of State Ralph Mollis Kicks Off Campaign For Lt. Governor Secretary of State Mollis Considering a Run For Lt. Gov. <p>Secretary of State Ralph Mollis says he intends to run for lieutenant governor next year and plans to make a formal announcement this fall.</p><p>Rhode Island’s current lieutenant governor, Elizabeth Roberts, can’t seek re-election due to term limits. And Mollis can’t seek re-election as secretary of state for the same reason.</p><p>As lieutenant governor, Roberts has led the state’s push to create a health insurance exchange to comply with Obamacare. Yet some critics question whether the office serves a valuable purpose in Rhode Island. Mollis disagrees.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:26:55 +0000 Ian Donnis 19226 at Key Political Races Already Beginning to Materialize For 2014 <p>With more than a year until Rhode Island’s next statewide primary, a growing number of candidates are emerging for some key offices.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Nellie Gorbea is the latest candidate in a three-way Democratic field for secretary of state. She boasts two decades of public and private sector and experience, and was a high-ranking aide when Matt Brown served as secretary of state.</p><p></p><p>Gorbea joins two other Democrats in the race for that seat: Guillaume de Ramel, who ran for secretary of state in 2006, and Edwin Pacheo, a former state Democratic chairman.</p><p></p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 12:33:24 +0000 Ian Donnis 19051 at Key Political Races Already Beginning to Materialize For 2014