As summer wanes, campaign heats up


Primary day is just more than a month away. On Sept. 9, voters across the Ocean State will pick candidates to represent their respective parties on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. The races featuring multiple Democrats or Republicans run the gamut, from the contest for governor to races for city and town offices.

In many instances, the primary will effectively decide the winner of a contest. That is the case in Johnston, where multiple Democratic hopefuls – but no Republicans – are seeking seats on the Town Council and School Committee.

Elsewhere, the primary has become noteworthy for other reasons. In Warwick, Mayor Scott Avedisian is facing a spirited challenge from fellow Republican Stacia Petri as he seeks a new term. There is a Democratic mayoral primary as well, but for now the attention of most is squarely focused on the GOP contest.

There are many other races, of course, and the campaign for governor has understandably drawn the most attention. These days, it’s difficult to watch television without seeing an ad for at least one of the hopefuls for the state’s top office.

On the Democratic side, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Clay Pell are engaged in a race that increasingly seems like a toss-up, while businessman Ken Block and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung are vying for the GOP nod in a contentious contest.

Campaign 2014 has been gaining steam for months. Now, as the final weeks of summer draw near, more and more Rhode Islanders will begin tuning in.

To our readers:

Keep checking these pages to stay informed on the candidates, issues and latest developments this election season.

Be aware of the registration deadlines – which is Sunday, Aug. 10 for the primary – and remember that this year photo IDs will be needed at the polls.

Most importantly, make your voice heard this fall by exercising your right to vote.


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