Anthony Gemma

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Anthony Gemma
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Rhode Island, District 1
Bachelor'sSuffolk University, 1992
Master'sRoger Williams Law School
Place of birthProvidence, Rhode Island
ProfessionMarketing Businessman
Campaign website
Anthony Gemma was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Rhode Island.


Anthony Gemma was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and graduated from high school in 1988. He then earned his undergraduate degree from Suffolk University in 1992 and later received a law degree from Roger Williams Law School.[1]


Campaign themes

According to Anthony Gemma's website, his campaign themes included:

  • Education; " investment in education is an investment in the future of Rhode Island."
  • Healthcare reform; " care is a right, not a privilege."
  • Small business; "...understands that small companies provide crucial goods, services and jobs to families on main street."[2]



See also: Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Gemma ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Rhode Island's 1st District. He was defeated by incumbent David N. Cicilline in the Democratic primary.[3]

Rhode Island's 1st goes 65% Democratic, but incumbent David N. Cicilline (D) was considered extremely vulnerable, according to the Washington Post. With Cicilline fighting the ghosts of his performance as Mayor of Providence, he faced a strong challenge in both the primary (from Anthony Gemma) and general (from Brendan Doherty).[4]

Voter fraud accusations

Anthony Gemma had accused the incumbent David Cicilline of voter fraud in the 2012 election, extending as far back as 2001. Gemma accused Cicilline of paying for votes, having people vote more than once and also using the names of deceased voters. Gemma had stated that he hired an investigator to confirm these allegations but had not chosen to make public the information he shared with the FBI.[5]

Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy had come out in support of Cicilline. In a statement given on August 25, Kennedy stated that, "With some of the wild and reckless allegations we have seen this week serving only to distract from the serious issues facing Rhode Island, Democrats need to stay focused on winning in November..."[6]

U.S. House, Rhode Island District 1 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Cicilline Incumbent 62.1% 30,203
Anthony Gemma 30.2% 14,702
Christopher Young 7.6% 3,701
Total Votes 48,606


A poll by Fleming & Associates of Cumberland, R.I. for the news station WPRI 12, found that out of the 302 people surveyed, 43% of them plan to vote for Cicilline on election day. Those who were planning to vote for Gemma summed up 31% of those surveyed. Cicilline stated that he was "happy that we're moving in the right direction." Gemma commented that the race "certainly is more of a marathon than a sprint."[7]

Democratic Primary for Congress
Poll David Cicilline Anthony GemmaChristopher YoungNot SureMargin of ErrorSample Size
"Campaign 2012 Exclusive Poll" August 19-22
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Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Gemma's reports. [8]

Anthony Gemma Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]March 31, 2012$191.19$1,850.00$(270.00)$1,771.19
July Quarterly[10]July 15, 2012$1,771.19$242,636.92$(80,064.53)$164,343.58
Running totals

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