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.
With more than a year until Rhode Island’s next statewide primary, a growing number of candidates are emerging for some key offices.
Nellie Gorbea is the latest candidate in a three-way Democratic field for secretary of state. She boasts two decades of public and private sector and experience, and was a high-ranking aide when Matt Brown served as secretary of state.
Gorbea joins two other Democrats in the race for that seat: Guillaume de Ramel, who ran for secretary of state in 2006, and Edwin Pacheo, a former state Democratic chairman.