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Rhode Island votes 2014: Tough choices

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This election cycle has the ability to change the future of Rhode Islanders. On Nov. 04, 2014, Rhode Island voters have an opportunity to choose who represents them on a state and national level.

On a local level, Rhode Island is in need of a new governor, since Governor Lincoln Chafee decided earlier not to run for office. Whoever voters choose as the new governor will have serious economic issues since once again Rhode Island has been named at the bottom of the states.

Unfortunately for Rhode Islanders, the economy is in trouble and the new governor will have to contend with a high employment rate that as of June is the highest in the nation at 7.9 percent. He or she whether they are Democrat or Republican will have to find a way to improve the economy.

Each candidate for governor whether Republican or Democrat, claims to have a plan to fix the problem. The question for Rhode Island voters is who has the best vision for Rhode Island.

Right now the Rhode Island voter has more than four gubernatorial candidates to contend with. In September, democratic voters can choose between Providence mayor Angel Tavares, Treasurer Gina Raimondo, Clay Pell and Todd Giroux. Republican voters at the same time, will choose between Cranston mayor Allan Fung and former Moderate party candidate Ken Block.

The result of both the primary and the general election will set the future course of Rhode Island.

Important dates

Last day to register for the primary: Aug. 10, 2014

Last day to register for the general election: Oct. 05, 2014

State primary: Sep. 09, 2014

General election: Nov. 04,2014

More information can be found at the Rhode Island Board of Elections website.

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