Rep. Frank Ferri of Warwick mulling Democratic Lt. Gov. run

May 6, 2014

Rep. Frank Ferri, D-Warwick, said today he may become the third candidate to vy for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.

Ferri represents House District 22. He was first elected in a 2007 special election to fill the seat vacated by former Rep. Peter Ginaitt, who left the House for an executive post at the Lifespan hospital chain.

``I’ve been greatly encouraged and humbled by those who have approached me about exploring a run for lieutenant governor,’’ Ferri said in a news release. ``Our next lieutenant governor must be a strong advocate for enterpreneurs and job creators; protect the critical health care reforms sheperherded by Lt. Gov. Roberts and speak truth to power when government isn’t acting in the best interests of all Rhode Islanders.’’

Incumbent Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts, a Cranston Democrat, is barred from running for a third term due to term limits.

Two Democrats have announced their candidacies for lieutenant governor: Secretary of  State Ralph Mollis and Cumberland Mayor Dan McKee.

Ferri, 60, is a longtime bowling alley operator and the proprietor of Town Hall Lanes, in Johnston. He lives with his husband Tony Caparco. The couple had their wedding ceremony in Warwick after the General Assembly approved same sex marriage last year. Caparco and Ferri had been married earlier in Canada.