Nellie Gorbea is touting an endorsement from Elizabeth Roberts, Rhode Island's first female lieutenant governor, as Gorbea tries to become the state's first Latina secretary of state.
Roberts, who is poised to leave public office in 2015 after two terms as lieutenant governor, is co-chairing a Women for Nellie fundraiser on March 3 at Embolden Design in Pawtucket. The other co-chair is Embolden's owner, Ann-Marie Harrington. Suggested contributions for the event run from $50 to $1000.
In a statement, Roberts says, “I have always been impressed with Nellie. Her life experience spans the private, non-profit and government sectors, and she has made long lasting, positive improvements in each of these areas. I know that as Secretary of State, she will work diligently to ensure the office best serves Rhode Islanders. I believe we need an experienced leader like Nellie to make sure we can move Rhode Island forward.”
Gorbea and Guillaume de Ramel are competing in a two-way Democratic primary for secretary of state. Rhode Island's current secretary of state, Ralph Mollis, is running for lieutenant governor, in a primary with fellow Democrat Dan McKee.