General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, long expected to join a crowded 2022 gubernatorial race, made it official yesterday, formally announcing his candidacy. 

He joins Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, who announced her candidacy for governor a few months ago; Gov. Daniel McKee, who has repeatedly said he will run for reelection; and Dr. Luis Daniel Munoz, who also has formally announced his candidacy for governor.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, who was also thought to be preparing for a gubernatorial run, announced this morning that he is not running for governor, despite amassing a sizeable campaign fund of more than $1.1 million. He did not endorse any of the other candidates.

Magaziner, Gorbea, McKee, and Munoz are expected to compete in a spirited Democratic primary election that is likely to be held just a year from now, Sept. 13, 2022.

Elorza’s announcement should give a boost to Gorbea. Both would have competed for Latino support.

No Republicans have yet to announce or indicate publicly their interest in running for governor, and none have apparently launched significant fundraising campaigns.

Election 2022 begins in earnest. 

Because of a Constitutional change some years ago to four-year terms and term limits, four of the general officers were due to have their terms expire in 2022. Gov. Raimondo, along with Gorbea, Magaziner and McKee (then lieutenant governor) all were term limited. When Raimondo joined the Biden administration, McKee moved from lieutenant governor to governor, thus no longer term limited. Elorza is also term limited in 2022.

Today, a Democratic legislator, Gregg Amore of East Providence, announced his candidacy for Secretary of State. Amore, who as of June 30 had raised $63,345, said in a press release that House Speaker Joe Shekarchi of Warwick would among those speaking at his announcement, a powerful endorsement.

In announcing his candidacy, Magaziner focused on his vision of an economic future, based upon improving education, innovation, and infrastructure.

Gorbea said she has a “track record of meeting challenges head-on,” and will make “government more accountable.”  

McKee, while lieutenant governor, established strong ties with the business community. 

Munoz, according to his website, has been mainly focused on health care issues, housing, and various social conditions.

Financially, Magaziner, according to second quarter filings with the Board of Elections, has the most robust campaign account, with a fund balance $1,500,334 as of June 30; McKee, $716,596; Gorbea, $668,186; and Munoz, $1,261. 

Among Republicans, Ken Block, who has run as a Republican gubernatorial candidate, has zero in his campaign account; former Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, who twice ran unsuccessfully for governor, has a campaign fund balance of $18,905; and state Rep. Blake Filippi, the House Minority leader, has a campaign fund balance of $37,148.

This story was updated on September 15 following Mayor Elorza’s announcement that he will be running for Governor.

Frank Prosnitz

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