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Rhode Island state GOP selects new leader

March 31, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former East Greenwich Town Council president has been selected to read the Republican Party in Rhode Island, one of the most heavily Democratic states in the nation.

Suzanne Cienki won a four-way race for the party chair on Saturday. She succeeds Brandon Bell, who retired after four years at the helm.

She said the party’s goals under her leadership will be to “have a clearly identifiable message, focus on fundraising efforts, and recruit General Assembly candidates to run for office.”

The GOP has no congressional seats, holds no statewide offices, and only 14 of 113 legislative seats. Just 12 percent of Rhode Island’s registered voters are Republican.

Cienki was voted off the town council last fall.