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Warwick employee wants to run for US Senate

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Nicole Gerber

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WARWICK - "It's a constitutional issue," said Senate hopeful  and Warwick Network Administrator Raymond McKay, of a more than 40 year old Warwick ordinance that prohibits classified city employees from running for office.

Today a judge decided to temporarily uphold the ordinance at least until a full hearing tomorrow at 2pm.

McKay wants to be Rhode Island's newest senator, succeeding current Senator Jack Reed.

But under the ordinance, running means he would lose his current position. And McKay believes there's a greater issue here than just his paycheck.

"It's the issue of telling me what I can't do on my private time... Running for office while the taxpayer is paying me to administer the network, yes I should be fired... But after 4:30 at night, that's my time," he said.

 McKay has been dealing with the issue since late November. He Faces opposition from the city, which is enforcing laws that the current administration inherited.

"Until that's not on the books, our city personnel department and our personnel director has decided that she needs to enforce that, that is the law of the city," said Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian.

 Amid the political drama, current Senator Jack Reed says his plan to try and keep his current position is continuing as planned.

"I try to do my job the best I can, every day, and try to ensure that we're looking out for Rhode Island and Rhode Islanders," said Reed.

Goals McKay shares.... and believes he can achieve without any conflict of interest being a Warwick employee and running for senator at the same time.

 "If I win for US Senate then I will leave the employment of the City of Warwick."

If McKay gets the green light, he says he plans on campaigning at full speed, since he's  nearly 6 months behind schedule.

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