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RI Democratic Party Meeting

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 By Mike LaCrosse

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The Rhode Island Democratic Party gave out seven endorsements during their meeting Sunday night, but it did not include giving an endorsement in the governor’s race.

“We have three excellent candidates and they were all gracious enough to suggest that we not endorse anyone tonight, which is what I am gonna ask everyone to do for the good of the party,” said RI House Speaker Nick Mattielo.

Sec. of State Ralph Mollis got the party’s backing for Lt. Governor.

“We can make a difference in utilizing our democratic ideologies and philosophies in rebranding Rhode Island, in rebuilding Rhode Island and revitalizing Rhode Island,” said Ralph Mollis.

Incumbent Peter Kilmartin picked up the party’s endorsement in his fight to keep his seat.

“I humbly ask you folks to stay with me for the rest of this election and the next four years so we can keep Rhode Islanders safe and secure for the future,” said Kilmartin.

Secretary of State candidates Nellie Gorbea and Guillaume De Ramel’s names were put forward, with De Ramel picking up the most votes.

“With your support and your confidence I am certain we’ll succeed in September and again in November,” said De Ramel.

In the Treasurer’s race Frank Caprio, Seth Magaziner and Ernest Almonte were all nominated.  Caprio was the top vote getter.

“You put another brick in the foundation tonight of building a race that spreads across the state,” said Caprio.

U.S. Congressmen David Cicilline and Jim Langevin and U.S. Senator Jack Reed also picked up party endorsements.

Three of the four democrats running for governor, Clay Pell, Gina Raimondo and Angel Taveras, were also in attendance despite no endorsement being given out.

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