With Cicilline leaving, who will fill 1st Congressional District seat?

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — U.S. Rep. David Cicilline said Tuesday he’s leaving Congress this summer to lead the Rhode Island Foundation. Now, the question remains — who will fill the Democrat’s 1st Congressional seat?

While it may be a “big change for his family,” East Providence Mayor Bob DaSilva told ABC 6 News the idea isn’t off the table.

“I will have to sit down with family, friends and supporters, but you know what they say — you never say never,” he said.

Also interested in the seat is Central Fall Mayor Maria Rivera.

“Over the coming days, I will be speaking with my friends, family, and colleagues about my future and the need for Rhode Island to continue to have a strong, bold, Democratic voice in D.C.”

While a special election has yet to be announced, state Sen. Meghan Kallman wrote on social media that there’s possibility she’s running.

“I am excited to share that I am exploring a run for Congress,” said Kallman. “We cannot afford for that seat not to be held by a steadfast advocate for the people.”

Over in Providence, many are wondering if former Mayor Jorge Elorza is considering a bid for Congress.

ABC 6 reached out to Elorza but have yet to hear back.

At an event Tuesday morning, Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos was asked about the possibility of running for the soon-to-be open seat. She is still processing the news and hasn’t made a decision yet.

After losing in the Rhode Island primary back in September, former Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate and CVS Health executive Helena Foulkes is now thinking of throwing her name in the hat.

“Helena appreciates all the calls she’s received today from Rhode Islanders encouraging her to run for Congress. She is seriously considering it,” said Audrey Lucas, spokesperson for Foulkes.

The Secretary of State’s Office said Tuesday that a special election will take place once it’s requested by Gov. Dan McKee.

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