1st Congressional District candidates cast ballots, give final pitch to voters

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Tuesday is election day for the 1st Congressional District special primary election.

ABC 6 News reporter Yanni Tragellis caught up with candidates Gabe Amo, Sabina Matos, and Aaron Regunberg at martin Luther King Elementary School in Providence.

The three candidates all emphasized three of the main goals they are campaigning on: banning assault weapons, protecting women’s rights, and blocking cuts on Medicare and Social Security.

For the first time in more than a decade, there will be a new face of the first congressional district in Rhode Island. There may be more of a voter turnout than normal in a non-general election year to determine who will fill David Cicilline’s seat in Congress.

After Tuesday, the state will know the two candidates who will face each other in November.

Over the past few weeks, the candidates have visited the ABC 6 News studio to speak about the race and why they each should be elected.

The following Democrats are on the ballot:

  • Former White House staffer Gabe Amo
  • Stephanie Beauté
  • Walter Berbrick
  • Sen. Sandra Cano
  • Rep. Stephen Casey
  • Former Rep. Spencer Dickinson
  • Providence City Councilor John Goncalves
  • Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos
  • Sen. Ana Quezada
  • Former Rep. Aaron Regunberg
  • Allen Waters

Don Carlson recently ended his campaign, saying the race has come at a “high personal cost.”

The candidates on the Republican ballot are Gerry Leonard and Terri Flynn.

Mail ballots can be dropped off up until 8 p.m. Tuesday. People can use a guide on the Department of State’s website to find the drop box closest to them.

In-person voters should check their polling location in advance, as they may change.

Voters with any questions can contact the Secretary of State’s Elections Division at 401-222-2340.

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