Filing deadline report: Six third-party candidates jump into Rhode Island Gubernatorial race

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June 30, 2014

Rhode Island

By Garrett Fortin

Providence, Rhode Island: Five state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Rhode Island: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state and treasurer.

The primary election is scheduled for September 9, 2014. Rhode Island is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Unaffiliated voters may vote in a party's primary, but they will then be considered affiliated with that party. In order to disaffiliate, they must file a "Change of Party Designation" form.[1]

Only one incumbent is seeking re-election:

The incumbent treasurer, Gina Raimondo, is running for governor while incumbent Governor Lincoln Chafee is stepping down, leaving an open seat. Two other incumbents, Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts and Secretary of State Ralph Mollis are term-limited.

On Wednesday, June 25, the filing period for major party primary candidates came to a close. The following list of candidates is current as of June 27, 2014.

A total of 29 candidates filed for the 5 offices - 6 Republicans, 12 Democrats, 1 Libertarian, 2 Moderate Party candidates and 8 Independent or other party candidates.


Lt. Governor

Attorney General

Secretary of State


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  18. North Kingston Patch, "Hodgson Considers Running For AG," September 26, 2013
  19. WPRI, "Democrat de Ramel to run for Secretary of State in 2014," January 24, 2013
  20. Providence Journal, "Nellie Gorbea resigning post at HousingWorks RI to run for secretary of state," July 25, 2013
  21. WPRI, "Frank Caprio eying 2014 comeback campaign for treasurer," April 26, 2013
  22. Rhode Island Public Radio, "Seth Magaziner Considering a Run for Treasurer in 2014," May 16, 2013
  23. Providence Journal, "Seth Magaziner announces candidacy for RI state treasurer," October 22, 2013
  24. Providence Journal, "Almonte won't rule out running for treasurer instead of governor in 2014," April 30, 2013