People considering running for office have until Wednesday, June 24, at 4 p.m. to decide whether or not they will take the plunge. At this point, the picture for state offices is clearer than that for town offices, where only two people have said they will run for Town Council.
On the state level, incumbent Rep. Anthony Giarrusso (R-30) said he will run again. “There’s so much unfinished business,” he said in April. “I believe the legislature needs more people with business backgrounds not fewer.”
Two Republicans have declared they will run for the Senate Dist. 35 seat being vacated by fellow Republican Dawson Hodgson, who is running for attorney general – EG Town Councilor Mark Gee and NK School Committee Chairwoman Kim Page. Narragansett Democrat Jim Callaghan has also declared a run for that seat. District 35 comprises parts of East Greenwich, North Kingstown, South Kingstown and Narragansett.
State Senator Lou Raptakis, a Democrat from Coventry, will stand again for his District 33 seat, which includes Coventry, East Greenwich and West Greenwich.
For Town Council, only two candidates have declared they will run for Town – current Town Council President Michael Isaacs and newcomer Ed Field, both Republicans. All five spots on the council are up for election, with three open seats: Councilors Mike Kiernan and Jeff Cianciolo said they will not run for re-election and Gee is running for the state Senate. Councilman Brad Bishop said Thursday he had not yet decided whether or not he would seek a second term.
The School Committee race is even murkier, where no one has declared a candidacy. Four seats – held by Mary Ellen Winters, Susan Records, Jack Sommer and David Green – are up for election. Records said Thursday she was still deciding whether or not to seek a third four-year term. Winters, Sommer and Green could not be reached Thursday.
There is interest among a parent group organized around a later start time for students, according to those close to the group.
The filing period for candidates is Monday, June 23, to Wednesday, June 25.
The Republican Town Committee has so far endorsed Alan Fung for governor, Hodgson for attorney general, Giarrusso for state Representative and Gee for state Senate.
The Democratic Town Committee has so far endorsed Gina Raimondo for governor, Seth Magaziner for treasurer, Nellie Gorbea for secretary of state and Peter Kilmartin for attorney general.
To learn more about the election process, check out the state Board of Elections website here. Or you can contact the town Board of Canvassers at (401) 886-8603.