Ernest Almonte

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Ernest Almonte
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Rhode Island General Treasurer
Former Candidate
PartyIndependent
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Rhode Island Auditor General
1994-2010
Education
Bachelor'sBryant University
Master'sBryant University
Personal
Place of birthJohnston, Rhode Island
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Ernest Almonte is a former Democratic Rhode Island Auditor General.[1][2] He served from 1994-2010.

Almonte ran for the office of state treasurer in the 2014 elections as an Independent.[3][4][5] Ernest Almonte lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Biography

Almonte was raised in Johnston, Rhode Island. He attended public schools through high school graduation, and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in accounting as well as a master’s in taxation from Bryant University. He also holds an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater. Almonte later graduated from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in State and Local Government and Innovations in Governance.[6]

Almonte's professional background includes working as a C.P.A., an accounting instructor at Bryant University, and as the Supervisor of Accounting at the firm Renza and Saccoccia. He served as Chairman of the Board for the Rhode Island Clean Water Finance Agency between 1989-1994.[7]

Since leaving the state auditor's office in 2010, Almonte has served as CEO of his own accounting firm, Almonte Group LLC, and as an adjunct professor in the Brown University Graduate program teaching Advanced Management and Organizational Strategies.[4][6]

Education

  • B.S., Business Administration - Bryant University
  • MS, Taxation - Bryant University
  • Senior Executives in State and Local Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government
  • Certifications:
    • Financial Forensics
    • Certified Fraud Examiner
    • Certified Government Financial Manager
    • Certified Information Technology Professional
    • Certified Public Accountant

Political career

Auditor General (1994-2010)

Almonte served as the Auditor of Rhode Island from 1994-2010.

Elections & Appointments

2014

See also: Rhode Island down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Almonte ran for the office of state treasurer in the 2014 elections. In contrast to his previous campaigns, Almonte ran as an Independent candidate.[5] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

In May 2012, Almonte filed paperwork with the Board of Elections to run as a Democratic candidate for Governor in 2014. Although the election was two years away at the time of his filing, Almonte indicated a strong commitment to a 2014 bid, saying, "A lot of people do exploratory committees – I’m not that way. This is what I’m doing."[8][4]

However, in late April 2013, Almonte said he might run for Rhode Island General Treasurer instead. "All I can tell you at this point is that I definitely have the skill set for governor and treasurer," he said.[9]

In mid-May, Almonte abandoned his bid for governor, telling supporters, "I realize at this point in my life, I can create greater good for the State of Rhode Island by applying my education, experience and ethical foundation to the office of General Treasurer."[10]

Results

General election
Rhode Island Treasurer, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSeth Magaziner 57.2% 166,812
     Independent Ernest Almonte 42.8% 124,890
Total Votes 291,702
Election Results via New York Times. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 99% precincts reporting.

1994

Almonte was appointed auditor general in 1994 and he held the job for 15 years. He was succeeded by Dennis Hoyle, a Democrat.[4]

Personal

Almonte and wife, Kathy Nangle Almonte, have five sons.[6]

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Preceded by
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Rhode Island Auditor General
1994 - 2010
Succeeded by
Dennis Hoyle