Hassett says he'll decide soon on run for secretary of state

Feb 5, 2013

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.

Guillaume de Ramel, who ran a close second to Ralph Mollis in 2006, is in the hunt. State Democratic chairman Edwin Pacheco seems a likely candidate. State Representative Deborah Ruggiero told RIPR Wednesday she won't seek the secretary of state's office in 2014, and plans to seek re-election. State Senator Juan Pichardo has also indicated he won't be running for SoS. (Mollis can't seek re-election due to term limits; he appears poised for a run for either treasurer or lieutenant governor.)

Hassett says he thinks he has a good narrative to offer from his time in office, and will make his decision on factors including Providence's budget situation and the status of ongoing projects in Ward 12.

"I have not ruled out running for mayor, either," he adds, should Angel Taveras seek a different office in 2014.