Rhode Island Gubernatorial election, 2014

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Rhode Island Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date:
September 9, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Gina Raimondo Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Lincoln Chafee Democratic Party
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The Rhode Island gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Lincoln Chafee (D) is eligible for re-election. The winner of the election will serve a 4-year term in office.

On May 30, 2013, the Republican-turned-Independent governor formalized his long-rumored intention to once again change his party affiliation, this time switching to Democrat.[1][2] Until officially joining the Democratic Party on May 30, 2013, Chafee was the country's only sitting Independent governor.[3] He endorsed former U.S. Senate colleague President Obama in 2008 and 2012, but the main reason Chafee cited for changing to a major party affiliation was the need to finance a competitive re-election campaign. "There is no independent governors association throwing money around ... but there is a Democratic Governors Association," he told The Associated Press in December 2012. Reaffirming his concerns, a report released by Governing in December 2012 named Chafee as one of five governors considered vulnerable to losing re-election in 2013-2014.[4]

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.[5]


Note: The following list of candidates is not official and will continue to be updated until the 2014 candidate filing deadline. Candidates will be added as we come across them prior to the deadline. If you see a name of a candidate who is missing, please email us and we will add that name. As the election draws closer, more information will be added to this page.

General election

Democratic Party Gina Raimondo - State Treasurer[6][7]Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Allan Fung - Mayor of Cranston[8][9]
Moderate Party Robert Healey - Moderate Party candidate[10]
Independent Kate Fletcher[11]
Independent Leon Kayarian[11]

Withdrawn or removed from ballot

Independent Thomas Davis[12]
Independent Christopher Reynolds[11]
Moderate Party James Spooner - Moderate Party candidate[11]
Independent Anna Winograd Vrankar - Compassion Party candidate[11]

Lost in primary

Democratic Party Angel Taveras - Mayor of Providence[13]
Democratic Party Todd Giroux - 2010 Independent candidate for governor[14]
Democratic Party Clay Pell - U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Foreign Language Education[15]
Republican Party Ken Block - Founder and former head of the Rhode Island Moderate Party[16]


Democratic Party Lincoln Chafee - Incumbent[17]
Democratic Party Ernest Almonte - Former State Auditor[18][19]
Republican Party Scott Avedisian - Mayor of Warwick[9][20]
Republican Party Brendan Doherty - Former state police superintendent and 2012 Republican nominee for Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District
Republican Party John Robitaille - 2010 candidate for governor[21][22]

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  1. Boston.com, "RI Gov. Chafee poised to join Democrats," May 30, 2013
  2. Politico, "Lincoln Chafee switches affiliation to Democrat," May 30, 2013
  3. Brown Political Review, "BPR Talks with Gov. Lincoln Chafee (Video)," May 22, 2013
  4. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
  5. Rhode Island Board of Elections Website, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 3, 2014
  6. The Associated Press, "RI Gov. Chafee open to running for 2nd term as Dem," December 14, 2012
  7. Public Policy Polling, "Chafee unpopular; Rhode Island voters support gay marriage," January 31, 2013
  8. GoLocal Providence, "Cranston Mayor Allan Fung: 13 To Watch in RI in 2013," January 1, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 WPRI TV, "Fung, Robitaille, Block may run for gov against Dems, Chafee," August 7, 2012
  10. Facebook, "Robert J. Healey for Governor, accessed September 15, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Rhode Island Secretary of State, "Candidates," accessed June 27, 2014
  12. Thomas Davis for Governor of RI, "About," January 28, 2014
  13. Rhode Island Public Radio, "Angel Taveras hires top Washington, D.C. firm to plan governor race," March 22, 2013
  14. GoLocalProv, "The Scoop: Giroux to Run for Gov, RI Tea Party Talks Obamacare," October 4, 2013
  15. GoLocalProv, "Clay Pell Looks To Run For Governor in 2014," October 15, 2013
  16. WPRI, "Ken Block to run for governor in '14," May 21, 2013
  17. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
  18. governor-in-2014/ WPRI "Let the games begin – Almonte files to run for governor in 2014," accessed May 15, 2012
  19. WPRI, "Ernie Almonte abandons campaign for governor to run for RI treasurer," May 16, 2013
  20. Rhode Island Public Radio, "Avedisian Says He's Not Considering Gov's Office Following Chafee's Stunner," September 5, 2013
  21. WPRI, "Republican Robitaille eyeing 2014 governor's race," August 5, 2013
  22. Boston.com, "Robitaille says no plans to run for RI governor," October 18, 2013 (dead link)