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Ralph Mollis

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Ralph Mollis
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Rhode Island Secretary of State
Former officeholder
In office
January 1, 2007 - January 6, 2015
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorMatt Brown (D)
Compensation
Base salary$108,808
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014 (Term-limited)
Campaign $$1,108,589
Term limits2 consecutive terms
Prior offices
Mayor of North Providence
1997-2006
North Providence Town Council
1986-1996
Education
High schoolNorth Providence High School
Bachelor'sSt. Anselm College
Personal
Date of birthMay 24, 1961
Place of birthNorth Providence, RI
Websites
Office website
Personal website
A. Ralph Mollis (born May 24, 1961, in North Providence, Rhode Island) is the former Secretary of State of Rhode Island. A Democrat, he was first elected to the statewide position in 2006 and re-elected in 2010.[1] Mollis narrowly defeated Republican challenger Catherine Terry Taylor by a margin of 50.6 percent to 49.4 percent to win his second term.[2]

Mollis was barred by term limits from seeking a third consecutive term in office in 2014. Instead, he ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor.[3][4]

Among his accomplishments since taking office, Mollis lists the introduction of e-commerce tools for small businesses, increased access to public records, stronger requirements for State House lobbying-reporting, and presiding over elections that broke voter turnout records. Additionally, he introduced a "Voters First" initiative to improve how citizens vote.[1]

Mollis previously served as the mayor of North Providence from 1997 to 2006. He was Town Council President from 1993-1994 and a councilman for the State of Rhode Island District 2 from 1986-1996.[5]

Biography

Mollis left Southern New England School of Law in order to pursue a professional career in finance with LAMCO Pension and Investment Advisory Firm. At the same time, he served as Town Councilman for District 2, maintaining the position for ten years beginning in 1986. Mollis became mayor of his hometown of North Providence in January 1997, being re-elected to the office in 2000 and 2004, never having lost a single local polling precinct.

Mollis has also served in the following roles:

Education

  • Graduated from North Providence High School
  • Bachelor's degree, Saint Anselm College
  • Attended Southern New England Law School[1]

Political career

Rhode Island Secretary of State (2007-2015)

Mollis was first elected to the statewide position in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. Mollis was barred by term limits from seeking a third consecutive term in office in 2014.[1]

RIPTA

In July 2006, Mollis's Democratic opponent, Guillaume de Ramel, alerted the media to an email sent from a state computer by William Barbieri, a database systems manager at the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA), urging his fellow RIPTA employees to support Mollis during the lead-up to the fall election. Barbieri, who Mollis described as a 'very good friend' in summer 2006, was never charged. The following year, Mollis appointed Barbieri to fill the long-vacant position of director of e-government and information technology in his office.[6]

Elections

2014

See also: Rhode Island secretary of state election, 2014 and Rhode Island lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

Mollis was ineligible to run for re-election as Rhode Island Secretary of State in 2014 due to term limits. In December 2012 he was considering a bid for either lieutenant governor or state treasurer.[3][7] In July 2013, Mollis confirmed his candidacy for lieutenant governor in the 2014 elections.[4] He lost in the Democratic primary on September 9.

Primary results

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.


2010

See also: Rhode Island Secretary of State election, 2010
2010 Race for Secretary of State - Democratic Primary[8]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda A. Ralph Mollis 63.3%
     Democratic Party Leonidas Raptakis 36.7%
Total Votes 90,988

On November 2, 2010, A. Ralph Mollis won re-election to the office of Rhode Island Secretary of State. He defeated Catherine Terry Taylor (R) in the general election.

Rhode Island Secretary of State, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngA. Ralph Mollis Incumbent 50.6% 166,140
     Republican Catherine Terry Taylor 49.4% 162,283
Total Votes 328,423
Election Results Via: Rhode Island Board of Elections

2006

On November 7, 2006, A. Ralph Mollis won election to the office of Rhode Island Secretary of State. He defeated Sue A. Stenhouse (R) in the general election.

Rhode Island Secretary of State, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngA. Ralph Mollis 53.6% 200,058
     Republican Sue A. Stenhouse 46.4% 173,490
Total Votes 373,548
Election Results Via: Rhode Island Board of Elections

Rhode Island Secretary of State Democratic Primary, 2006
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Mollis 53.1% 42,385
Guillaume de Ramel 46.9% 37,425
Total Votes 79,810
Election Results via Rhode Island State Board of Elections.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Mollis is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Mollis raised a total of $1,108,589 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 11, 2013.[9]

Ralph Mollis's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 RI Secretary of State Not up for election $61,948
2010 RI Secretary of State Won $433,535
2008 RI Secretary of State Not up for election $49,475
2006 RI Secretary of State Won $563,631
Grand Total Raised $1,108,589

2006-2010

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Personal

A. Ralph Mollis currently resides in North Providence, Rhode Island with his wife, Laurie, and their four children – Michael, Gian, Angelo, and Briana.

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Contact Information

Capitol Address:
Secretary of State
82 Smith Street
State House Room 217
Providence, RI 02903

Rhode Island

Phone: (401) 222-2357
Toll Free Phone: 711
Fax: (401) 222-1356
E-mail: aralphmollis@sec.state.ri.us

See also

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Political offices
Preceded by
Matt Brown (D)
Rhode Island Secretary of State
2007-2015
Succeeded by
Nellie Gorbea (D)