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The current Treasurer General, Democrat Seth Magaziner, is on a limited term and has raised $ 1.3 million in his campaign account as he prepares for an expected gubernatorial candidacy. His predecessor, Raimondo, served as governor before becoming US Secretary of Commerce in March. And his predecessor as treasurer, Frank T. Caprio, ran for governor in 2010.

“It’s not always a stepping stone, but it’s clear it can be,” said Joseph Cammarano, political science at Providence College, of the treasurer position. “This is fertile ground for competent people to make a difference in the state and increase their visibility and stature. “

Plus, in a state as small as Rhode Island, many families have a vested interest in the treasurer’s office and how it manages the state’s pension system, Cammarano said. “It really is a very visible position with a wide range of voters,” he said. But it may attract a smaller pool of applicants as it requires a technical understanding of finances, he said.

Cammarano said that of all the potential candidates identified so far, Fung has the highest name recognition at this point. But the state has not had a Republican treasurer since Nancy J. Mayer served from 1993 to 1999.

Fung, 51, served as mayor of Cranston from 2009 to 2020, as the state’s first Chinese-American mayor. He was the Republican candidate for governor in 2014 and 2018, and is now a partner at the law firm Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara.

The Mayor of Cranston, Allan W. Fung
The Mayor of Cranston, Allan W. FungDocument (personalized credit) / Document

Prior to becoming mayor, he worked as legal counsel and government relations officer for MetLife, and was special deputy state attorney general. He is a graduate of Rhode Island College and Suffolk University Law School.

Fung did not raise any money in the first quarter of this year and now has $ 19,205 in his campaign account, according to the state electoral board.

Pearson, 32, is a Democrat from Cumberland who became chairman of the Senate Finance Committee in January. He has been a state senator since 2013 and previously served on the Cumberland School Committee. He works as the vice president of consumer loans at Citizens Bank. He graduated from Providence College and attended American University in Washington, DC, while working as a staff member of the United States Senate.

State Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ryan W. Pearson, a Democrat from Cumberland
State Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ryan W. Pearson, a Democrat from Cumberland

Pearson told The Globe he has yet to decide whether to run for treasurer, but hopes to make a decision by the end of the year. “I enjoyed all of my time in the Senate,” he said, “but it’s something I’m considering.”

Pearson raised about $ 6,000 in the first quarter of this year, bringing his campaign account to $ 62,719.

Pryor, 49, of Providence, became Rhode Island’s first secretary of commerce in 2015, when he was appointed by Raimondo. From 2011 to 2015, he served as Connecticut’s education commissioner. From 2006 to 2011, he served as deputy mayor and director of economic and real estate development for the city of Newark, New Jersey, while Senator Cory Booker was mayor. And he was president of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. He received undergraduate and law degrees from Yale University.

Rhode Island Secretary of Commerce Stefan Pryor
Rhode Island Secretary of Commerce Stefan PryorHandout

Pryor did not open a campaign account.

Diossa, 35, served as mayor of Central Falls from 2013-2020, becoming the youngest mayor in state history and the city’s first Latino mayor. He now works as a senior advisor at Brown University’s Policy Lab. He had been seen as one of the main contenders to succeed then-lieutenant governor Daniel J. McKee after McKee became governor, but McKee chose then-council chair Sabina. Matos, for the job. Prior to becoming mayor, Diossa served on the Central Falls City Council. He graduated from Becker College.

Former Central Falls Mayor James A. Diossa.
Former Central Falls Mayor James A. Diossa.Jonathan Wiggs / Globe Staff

Diossa raised about $ 9,000 in the first quarter of this year, bringing his campaign account to $ 11,484.

Roofer, 46, a Democrat from Providence, has represented House District 10 since 2010. He is deputy majority leader and first vice-chair of the House finance committee. He is co-chair of the Legislative Oversight Commission of the Edward O. Hawkins and Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act, named after his late father, and he recently introduced legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana while requiring expungement of marijuana-related convictions. He works as a budget analyst for the city of Providence. He graduated from Bryant University.

State Representative Scott A. Slater, a Democrat from Providence
State Representative Scott A. Slater, a Democrat from ProvidenceHandout

Slater didn’t raise any money in the first quarter of this year and has $ 11,880 in his campaign account.

Autiello, 30, from Providence, was Special Advisor to the Raimondo Executive Board of Commerce. He now works as the Director of SMI Financial Services at the Sustainable Markets Initiative, which was founded by Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, “to lead and accelerate the world’s transition to a sustainable future”. In 2018, Autiello finished third in a Democratic primary for the District 5 Senate seat now held by Senator Samuel W. Bell. He graduated from Florida International University and obtained an MA from the London School of Economic and Political Science.

Nicolas A. Autiello II
Nicolas A. Autiello IIHandout

Autiello did not raise any money in the first quarter of this year and has no money in his campaign account.

Robert A. Walsh Jr., executive director of the National Education Association Rhode Island, said Fung would have “a good chance” in the race for treasurer because of his high profile, but said: “I don’t know s ‘he can win a Republican primary.

Walsh said Pearson benefits from being a banker and Senate finance chairman, and having the most campaign money. So it might be smart to raise funds early, in the hopes of cleaning up the pitch, but Walsh said the fundraising threshold for a treasurer’s race is not as high as it is for the race. of the governor, for example.

Regarding the potential of a Pryor candidacy, Walsh said: “I can’t think of a non-native Cabinet member running for a statewide job” and “I don’t know who his army”. But he said an intriguing question was who Raimondo would support, or if she would support anyone now that she’s in Biden’s cabinet.

Walsh said Diossa was recognized as a former mayor and could benefit from the support of Latinos. But he said the most interesting thing is that Diossa now seems to be looking at the treasurer’s office rather than the lieutenant governor’s job.

If Slater steps in, the race could include a senator and a representative, and Walsh said, “Anyone who has actually held an elected office is one step ahead in this area.” In addition, Slater’s father was highly respected, he said.

Autiello could generate some support in the Providence area, Walsh said. But he said: “He’s better off with Prince Charles Lombardi of North Providence than with Prince Charles of Wales.”


Edward Fitzpatrick can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on twitter @FitzProv.

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