Nellie Gorbea Wins - First Latina Elected to Statewide Office

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

 

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Gorbea is now the first Latina-American to hold state office in New England as Rhode Island's new Secretary of State. 

Gorbea beat out John Carlevale this evening, winning with 60 percent (177,250 votes) to Republican Carlevale's 39 percent (115,427) of the vote.

After winning the Democratic primary back in September, the former Deputy Secretary of State was a favorite throughout the race. 

"We're very excited and happy for her success,' said Michael Burk of the Tiverton Democratic Committee. "We really believed she was the most qualified for the job, and that she will continue to improve the quality of the office and streamline the development of small and large businesses that come into Rhode Island." 

John Bevilacqua, chairperson of the Foster Democratic Committee said, " [Gorbea] did very well, considering this is a Republican area. She received 480 votes from the [Captain Isaac] Paine School to 444 votes for Carlevale." 

Gorbea gained endorsements from both Tiverton and Foster's Democratic Committees as well as the committees of Central Falls, East Greenwich, Barrington, and Coventry. 

Gorbea will be taking over for former Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis in January 2015. 

 
 

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