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Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea is running for reelection.

“Absolutely, I’m definitely going to run again,” she said, in answer to a question during an appearance on WADK’s Open Forum. “It’s been a blessing to be Rhode Island’s Secretary of State.”

No other candidates have announced for Secretary of State. In Rhode Island, general office holders are limited to two four-year terms. If elected, this would be Gorbea’s second term.

She previously had served as deputy Secretary of State, and as executive director of HousingWorks RI. While living most of her life in Rhode Island, she grew up in Puerto Rico, and still has considerable family on the island. She was the first Hispanic to win statewide office in New England.

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A graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, she also has a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University. She and her husband, Steve D’Hondt, have three daughters.

During her first term, Rhode Island was recognized as among 11 states receiving the highest grade for election security. Gorbea also continues to strongly advocate for measures that would make voting more accessible. She currently has legislation pending that would allow for in-person early voting and would change the primary election date from September to August, assuring that those in the military serving outside Rhode Island have ample time to return their ballots.

Asked whether she had further political aspirations after a second term, she said her focus is on Secretary of State but left open the possibility of running in the future for other offices.

“Right now, I’m really committed to being Secretary of State,” she said. “So, I’m going to give it my all to be the best Secretary of State, and then, like any other job, then, if there are opportunities you take them on.”

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