Embattled John Carnevale drops out of race for re-election

By: Rebecca Turco

Email: rturco@abc6.com

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Former State Rep. John Carnevale is dropping out of the race for re-election, one day after the Providence Board of Canvassers ruled that he didn’t actually live in the capital city.

This means Carnevale will not appeal the board’s decision. He represented District 13 for eight years.

"People ought to go into public service to serve the public and I think it’s time we move on from it,” said Gov. Gina Raimondo.

Carnevale argues he lives in the basement at 150 Barbara Street, which board members found to be false based on conflicting evidence.

State Police have been investigating for weeks whether Carnevale committed election fraud. Thursday’s ruling has no bearings on their investigation.

"Anytime allegations come out, when it’s somebody that holds the public’s trust, it matters much more," said Col. Steven O’Donnell. "We’re going to diligently go through all the things that we need to look at and if a crime is uncovered then we’ll charge that crime."

If police find Carnevale to be guilty through their investigation, he could face criminal charges. Providing false information to vote is a felony.

Carnevale sent a statement thanking his constituents, saying: “I pledge to continue to be an active resident, to be involved in neighborhood issues, and to continue to work on improving the quality of life in our District as I have for the past several years.”

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