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9:36 am
Thu May 9, 2013

de Ramel Formally Announces Run for Secretary of State

Guillaume de Ramel, who ran a competitive race for secretary of state in 2006 and whose interest in taking another shot was reported here last July, on Thursday formally announced plans for another campaign for secretary of state.

Via news release:

Increased transparency, accountability and improved technology are some of the goals for de Ramel as he seeks to improve the interaction between the business community and the office of secretary of state.

"The secretary of state's office can play a larger role in streamlining and making the process for doing business in Rhode Island more efficient," said de Ramel, 38. "I'm running to make Rhode Island the most open, accountable, and transparent state in New England,” he added.

"Together, weʼve witnessed much change since the 2006 election, but the one thing that has unfortunately not improved is Rhode Islandʼs status as one of the least business friendly states in the country. The secretary of stateʼs office needs to lead and play a larger role in helping to streamline to make government work more efficiently, the process for doing business in RI, now and in the future,” de Ramel said.

The announcement by de Ramel sets up a Democratic primary clash with Edwin Pacheco, who recently left his post as state Democratic chairman, and possibly housing advocate Nellie Gorbea.

de Ramel added this in his announcement:

A political outsider, de Ramel's prior election experience was nearly winning a contested primary for this office in 2006. In that race he earned 47% of the vote and won 27 of Rhode Island's 39 cities and towns.

Over the past several years, de Ramel has been strongly focused and engaged in business creation and community service work. “I have been involved in several local projects that have made a real impact across Rhode Island during very trying economic times,” said de Ramel. One of which was leading a family effort that resulted in a $15 million gift to seed the new Norman Prince Neuroscience Institute at Rhode
Island Hospital.

Guillaume de Ramel grew up on Aquidneck Island and earned a B.A. from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a M.S. in Real Estate Development from Columbia University in New York City. He also graduated from the United States Marine Corps' Officer Candidates School, Platoon Leaders Class, Jr. in 1996.

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