Longtime Providence City Councilor Terry Hassett, who had been eyeing a bid for secretary of state in 2014, has decided to seek re-election instead while tossing his support to former state Democratic chairman Edwin Pacheco.
Via news release:
“I believe that Ed Pacheco has the integrity, passion and experience that the office of Secretary of State demands,” said Hassett. “I have always been impressed by his work ethic and his dedication to the people of the State of Rhode Island. As a public servant for the last twelve years, Ed has been a tireless advocate for his constituents in Burriville [sic] and Rhode Island as a whole. I have the utmost confidence that he will bring that same tenacity for standing up for what is best for our state to the Secretary of State’s office.”
Hassett first won election to the Providence council in 1997 and currently serves as president pro tempore. He represents Ward 12.
Newporter Guillaume de Ramel, who gave Ralph Mollis a close challenge in 2006, is also running a Democratic campaign for SOS. Housing advocate Nellie Gorbea is considering a Democratic run.
Disclosure: de Ramel’s family is a donor to Rhode Island Public Radio.