Candidates officially declare for public office on deadline day
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — As the deadline to officially file a declaration of candidacy approaches, multiple candidates who already announced their run are taking the next step to appear on the primary and General Election ballots this fall.
Gov. Dan McKee has now officially filed for the Sept. 13 primaries in his re-election bid. So have Democrats Luis Daniel Muñoz and Matt Brown and Republican Michael Costa. They join Democrat Helena Buonanno Foulkes and Republicans Emmanuel Boateng Adjei and Jonathan Riccitelli, who had already filed.
Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea — the current front-runner according to a Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll — has yet to file as of 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos has filed for re-election to her position as well.
Matos, a Democrat, is currently joined in the race by fellow Democrats Cynthia Mendes and Deborah Ruggeri, as well as Republican Paul Pence.
Four candidates have currently filed to replace Gorbea as secretary of state — Democrats Anthony Tamba, Gregg Amore and Stephanie Beaute and Republican Pat Cortellessa.
In the General Treasurer’s race, Democrats James Diossa and Stefan Pryor have both officially declared, as well as Republican James Lathrop.
Democrat Brett Smiley also officially declared his run for mayor of Providence, joining Gonzalo Cuervo and Nirva LaFortune in the Democratic primary. No Republicans have declared that they will be running for the office yet.
The deadline to file is 4 p.m. Wednesday.