Secretary of State Ralph Mollis says he intends to run for lieutenant governor next year and plans to make a formal announcement this fall.
Rhode Island’s current lieutenant governor, Elizabeth Roberts, can’t seek re-election due to term limits. And Mollis can’t seek re-election as secretary of state for the same reason.
As lieutenant governor, Roberts has led the state’s push to create a health insurance exchange to comply with Obamacare. Yet some critics question whether the office serves a valuable purpose in Rhode Island. Mollis disagrees.
“I’m confident that that position can make a difference both in the economy and in making Rhode Island more business-friendly and finding some initiatives because of the flexibility of the office and making a difference in other areas in Rhode Island," said Mollis.
Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee also plans to run for lieutenant governor next year. Both McKee and Mollis are Democrats. Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, a Republican, has said he’s considering a possible run for lieutenant governor.
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