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Dems De Ramel, Gorbea vie for secretary of state

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By MICHELLE R. SMITH
Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Democratic race to become Rhode Island's next secretary of state pits a former deputy secretary of state against a Newport businessman making his second try for the office.

Guillaume De Ramel (gee-OHM' day-rah-MELL') narrowly lost the 2006 Democratic primary to current Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, who is running for lieutenant governor. Nellie Gorbea (gor-BAY'-uh) served in the office from 2002 to 2006.

Gorbea says she has a track record of reform that will help her make elections fair and accurate, make it easy for businesses to navigate government and ensure transparency.

De Ramel says his business experience will help him improve the economic climate in a state where the jobless rate has been among the highest in the nation for years.

Tuesday's winner will face Republican John Carlevale.

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