Gov. Lincoln Chafee has appointed a veteran Republican and a veteran Democrat to the R.I. State Board of Elections.
The Republican is Stephen Erickson, a retired state District Court judge and former state representative. Erickson was an associate justice of the R.I. District Court from 1990 until 2010 and was supervising judge in Kent County from 1997 to 2001. He currently is an adjunct professor of law at the Roger Williams University School of Law. He is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and Boston University Law School.
The Democrat is Rhoda Perry, who represented District 3 on Providence’s East Side in the state senate from 1990 to 2012. Perry is currently an ESL teacher in Pawtucket. At the Statehouse, Perry was known as a strong advocate for health care and human services and for gay rights and marriage equality. She did her undergraduate education at the University of New Hampshire and earned a master’s degree from Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass.
The nominations require state senate approval. A seat on the elections panel pays $7,000 annually.