Presidential Preference Primary

(4.2) Registered voters in Rhode Island will head to the polls Tuesday to take part in the state’s presidential preference primary. Biden has already locked up the Democratic party nomination, but the delegates we send will help craft the new party platform. On Tuesday you will actually be voting for the delegates who support your candidate. President Biden and Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips are the candidates who qualified to appear on our ballot; the latter has since withdrawn from the race. From the ProJo:

Rhode Island Democrats will send 30 delegates and two alternates, including the state’s two U.S. senators, two U.S. representatives, the governor and other notables, to their party’s convention. Only 14 of those seats are up for grabs in the April 2 primary.

Who are the delegates that will appear on the ballot?

There are 16 Biden-pledged Democrats competing for those 14 seats . . . Brett Smiley of Providence, Don Grebien of Pawtucket, Maria Rivera of Central Falls . . .

Sen. Sandra Cano of Pawtucket; Kinnan G.S. Dowie; William Foulkes, the husband of 2022 gubernatorial candidate Helena Foulkes; Matthew Gunnip, SEIU Local 580 president; Thomas William Kane, Senate aide and chairman of the Cumberland Democratic Town Committee; Senate Majority Leader Ryan Pearson; Kristan Peters-Hamlin; and Debra Rota, a special assistant in the governor’s office.

Also: Melissa Carden; executive director of the R.I. Coalition Against Gun Violence; Autumn Guillotte, a Rhode Island AFL-CIO field director; Erica Hammond, field director for Climate Jobs Rhode Island; Mary-Murphy Walsh, an elected organizer at SEIU 1199 and president of Young Democrats of Rhode Island; and Jay Gorman Wegimont, a Providence school district spokesman.

You may not be familiar with these people but you can see what their affiliations are. And you can do some research tonight. For instance, if you are interested in getting gun control into the platform, you might vote for Melissa Carden.

(All candidates who qualified for the ballot and did not formally pull out by the January 30th withdrawal deadline, are on the ballot.)

To find your polling place go here.

Polling sites open 7am to 8pm, Tuesday, April 2


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