Republican Catherine Taylor, who came within a whisker of beating Democrat Ralph Mollis in the 2010 race for secretary of state, has confirmed she's running this year for lieutenant governor.
In a statement, Taylor says she'll step down from her current post as director of the state Division of Elderly Affairs on June 20.
In a statement, Taylor says, "Once I separate from state service and launch my campaign I look forward to sharing my ideas about how the Office of the Lieutenant Governor should contribute to the economic vitality of our state, and to earning the chance to be of service again in a few short months.”
Three Democrats are running for lieutenant governor, in hopes of succeeding term-limited LG Elizabeth Roberts: Mollis, presently serving as secretary of state; Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee; and state Representative Frank Ferri (D-Warwick).
In 2010, Mollis beat Taylor on a 1.2 percentage point margin, or 3,857 votes.
Taylor was previously a US Senate staffer for many years and operated a PR/consulting shop with Ian Lang, who ran Lincoln Chafee's 2006 US Senate campaign and later worked for HealthSourceRI.