Moderate Ken Block Jumps To The Republican Pary

Oct 29, 2013

The founder of the Moderate Party of Rhode Island is scrapping that effort to instead run for governor as a Republican. Ken Block got six and a half percent of the vote as a Moderate candidate for governor in 2010.

A billboard for Ken Block's race for Governor prior to his switch to the Republican party.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

When he established the Moderate Party in 2008, Block called it a pragmatic and centrist way to improve Rhode Island politics. But Block says he’s realized that third parties aren’t an effective way to make change.

Block lives in Barrington and owns a software company. He says he’ll base his campaign on the idea of saving one billion dollars in what he calls wasteful spending.

Most of Rhode Island’s Republican establishment has lined up behind Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, who is expected to announce his GOP campaign for governor next Monday. Block says he’s not discouraged by that, in part, he says, since early support can be fleeting.

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