Woonsocket firefighter, state representative joins 1st Congressional District race

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A Woonsocket firefighter and state representative has filed to enter the 1st Congressional District race to replace outgoing Rep. David Cicilline.

According to the Federal Election Commission, state Rep. Stephen Casey filed paperwork to run for Congress on Monday.

Casey, a Democrat, represents District 50 in Woonsocket. He was first elected to office in November 2012.

He heads the House of Municipal Government and Housing Committee and is a member of serval House committees, including the Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Casey has yet to formally announce his candidacy for the 1st Congressional District seat.

To date,  Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos, state Sen. Sandra Cano, state Rep. Nathan Biah, former state Rep. Aaron Regunberg, Providence City Councilor John Goncalves, former Gov. Gina Raimondo’s staffer, Nick Autiello, and Republican-turned-Democrat Allen Waters have filed to run for the seat.

The primary election will be held on Sept. 5 and the general election is on Nov. 7.

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