Rhode Island lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

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Rhode Island Lieutenant Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date:
September 9, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Daniel McKee Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Elizabeth Roberts Democratic Party
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The Rhode Island lieutenant gubernatorial election took place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Elizabeth Roberts (D) was first elected in 2006 and was ineligible to seek re-election due to term limits. The race to replace Roberts featured five candidates including Democratic candidate Daniel McKee and Republican candidate Catherine Terry Taylor. McKee won election for a four-year term.

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]


General election

Democratic Party Daniel McKee - Cumberland Mayor[2]Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Catherine Terry Taylor - former speechwriter and 2010 candidate for Secretary of State[3]
Libertarian Party Tony Jones[4]
Independent Thomas David Gallant - Constitutionalist Party candidate[5]
Independent William Gilbert - Moderate Party candidate[5]

Lost in primary

Democratic Party Ralph Mollis - Secretary of State[6]
Democratic Party Frank Ferri - State representative[7]
Republican Party Kara Young[8]


Democratic Party Joshua Miller - State Senator[9]


General election

Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel McKee 54.3% 169,078
     Republican Catherine Terry Taylor 33.8% 105,305
     Moderate William Gilbert 8.3% 25,951
     Libertarian Tony Jones 3.3% 10,221
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 906
Total Votes 311,461
Election Results via State of Rhode Island.

Primary election

Democratic primary

Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel McKee 43% 50,229
Ralph Mollis 36.4% 42,525
Frank Ferri 20.5% 23,970
Total Votes 116,724
Election Results via Rhode Island Board of Elections.

Republican primary

Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCatherine Terry Taylor 66.7% 17,722
Kara Young 33.3% 8,831
Total Votes 26,553
Election Results via Rhode Island Board of Elections.

Campaign themes

Daniel McKee (D) and Catherine Terry Taylor (R) made public statements about the major issues facing Rhode Island in the future. The following sections quote these statements verbatim from candidate websites.

Daniel McKee

Rhode Islanders are sick of the status quo. They are sick of politics as usual from their State officials, and they are sick of their cities and towns being under represented. They are demanding a new style of leadership, one that brings fresh ideas to the table and will put Rhode Island back on the path to long-term financial stability.

As lieutenant governor I will focus on three main issues: improving our schools, making our streets safer, and creating better economic opportunities for all Rhode Island families. I will do this by bringing fresh ideas to the table and working with community leaders across the state to modernize Rhode Island’s job creation, tax and education policies.

Job Creation

As a small-business owner myself, I know first-hand the burdens of running your own business, and, frankly, I’m tired of Rhode Island being the first into economic downturns and the last one out.


I believe it should be our priority to get as many of our taxes inline with our neighboring states as possible. Too much tax revenue is being lost to Massachusetts and Connecticut because it’s cheaper to buy things across state lines.


I believe that improving education is the key to getting Rhode Island’s economy moving again. As an elected official and community leader, I have worked tirelessly to improve public education and ensure that every Rhode Island child has access to a great education. [10]

—Daniel McKee's campaign website, (2014) [11]

Catherine Terry Taylor

Why I’m running As a citizen and a taxpayer, I want to ensure that the job of Lieutenant Governor is performed in a way that is of maximum value to us. I have the knowledge and experience to provide that value.

Why I’m running as a Republican
At the root of our state’s problems lies Rhode Island’s one-party rule. Robust two-party competition fosters creativity and accountability–essentials for high-quality, low-cost government.

What is missing from Rhode Island
We all know that our young people move away to find work. By cutting taxes, streamlining regulations, and lowering the cost of health care, we can help our businesses create jobs to attract and retain that young talent. But we are also losing our new retirees—our natural customers for our tourism and hospitality industries. We need them to spend their free time and disposable income here. By lowering the cost of living for them – reducing property taxes and eliminating the tax on Social Security, for example – we can retain and attract our missing parents and grandparents.

The process by which our public officials negotiate the annual budget is done with little regard for public input or common sense. People and businesses need predictability and stability in costs and regulations in order to plan and budget. I will work tirelessly to shine a light on this process. We deserve to know exactly where our money goes.

The Big Picture
When it comes to improving our economic outlook, I believe there’s a lot we aren’t seeing. For example: we tend to keep the structure and policy of health care and of business separate—but they are powerfully related! Good health care attracts talent and maximizes productivity by keeping workers healthy and undistracted. Furthermore, cutting red tape and streamlining reporting requirements lowers the costs to health care and social service providers and therefore the consumer, just as for any other business. At the same time, more jobs for young people (a product of a better business environment) will drive down health care costs by adding more healthy people to the risk pool. It all fits together!

What I will do
Every agency, every business, every individual has a role to play in rebuilding our economy. I will leverage my unique combination of skills, long history of bi-partisan success, and enormous enthusiasm for our state to put all the pieces together. Through thoughtful analysis, sound legislation, and public awareness, we will make Rhode Island all it can and should be: the best state in the country in which to live, work, and play. [10]

—Catherine Terry Taylor's campaign website, (2014) [12]


General election
All candidates

Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
Poll Daniel McKee (D) Catherine Terry Taylor (R)William Gilbert (M)Tony Jones (L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
October 6-9, 2014
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Past elections


Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth Roberts Incumbent 54.5% 175,640
     Cool Moose Robert Healey 39.2% 126,063
     HWB Robert Venturini 6.3% 20,295
Total Votes 321,998
Election Results via Rhode Island Board of Elections


On November 7, 2006, Elizabeth H. Roberts won election to the office of Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor. She defeated Reginald A. Centracchio (R) and Robert J. Healey, Jr. (Cool Moose) in the general election.

Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth H. Roberts 53.1% 202,659
     Republican Reginald A. Centracchio 33.5% 128,011
     Cool Moose Robert J. Healey, Jr. 13.4% 51,220
Total Votes 381,890
Election Results Via: Rhode Island Board of Elections

Campaign finance

Comprehensive donor information for this election has been collected by Follow the Money. Based on available campaign finance records, the candidates raised a raised a total of $1,157,840 during the election. This information was last updated on April 6, 2015.[13]

Campaign Contribution Totals
Candidate Office Result Contributions
Dan McKeeDemocratic Party Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor Won $445,332
Catherine Terry TaylorRepublican Party Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor Defeated $417,592
Frank FerriDemocratic Party Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor Defeated $173,452
Ralph MollisDemocratic Party Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor Defeated $121,324
Kara YoungRepublican Party Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor Defeated $140
Thomas David GallantConstitution Party Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor Defeated $0
Tony JonesLibertarian Party Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor Defeated $0
Grand Total Raised $1,157,840

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
June 25, 2014 Filing deadline
September 9, 2014 Primary election
November 4, 2014 General election
November 12, 2014 Last day for recount requests
January 6, 2015 Inaugurations for executive officials

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