Reports of Rep Ajello's Legislative Demise Greatly Exaggerated, She Says

Nov 4, 2013

Ajello (left) speaking to Christopher Young during a committee vote on same-sex marriage
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

In an unusual move, the RI House of Representatives has sent out a news release stating that House Judiciary Chairwoman Edith Ajello (D-Providence) plans to seek re-election next year.

The move came after Representative Michael Chippendale (R-Foster) wrote on the RI Gun Blog that Ajello would not be running for another term in 2014. "She has announced that she is retiring due to health reasons," Chippendale wrote.

Yet in a statement, Ajello says, "This [RI Gun] blog post is the first I have heard of any health reasons or issues that could cause me to voluntarily leave office.”

Ajello, 69, was part of a large class of incoming reps elected in 1992, not long after the state credit union crisis.

But Ajello, who has chaired House Judiciary since 2011, says she's not leaving the General Assembly.

“I appreciate Rep. Chippendale’s concern for my well-being, and wonder at the source of misinformation about my health,” she says. “It is an honor and a privilege to serve my constituents, and I will be asking for their support again next year.”