In the most hotly contested local election in Rhode Island this year, the race to replace Washington Bound Senator Gayle Goldin has just caught fire. The Rhode Island Democratic Women’s Caucus, arguably one of the most important influences in the New World of Democratic politics, has officially weighed in, endorsing Geena Pham. The field is crowded: Democrats Shirley Francis-Fraser, Hilary Levey Friedman, Bret Jacob, Ms. Pham, Ray Rickman & Sam Zurier have all declared, giving the Women’s Caucus endorsement added gravity. The Democratic Primary will be held October 5.  The Special General Election will be held November 2.

 The GOP will be represented in the general election by candidate Alex Cannon.

From A Just Released Announcement:

It is with great pleasure that the Rhode Island Democratic Women’s Caucus announces its endorsement of Geena Pham in the District 3 Senate special election.

There are many qualified and passionate candidates in this race, and we thank those who applied for our endorsement. This decision was made with much care and deliberation, considering the feedback from the caucus membership, the candidate questionnaires (available to read on our website), and the results of the Rhode Island Democratic Women’s Caucus candidate night.

Geena Pham’s priorities of addressing racial justice, fixing the Providence Public Schools, and promoting access to affordable healthcare (including abortion), align clearly with the goals of our caucus, and we appreciate her personal insights as a formerly low-income woman of color. Pham will continue fighting in the footsteps of the indomitable Senator Goldin, whose work to protect reproductive healthcare and stand against problematic leadership defined this senate seat for many years.

“I am incredibly honored to receive the endorsement from the RI Democratic Women’s Caucus,” said Pham. “I am very excited to get to work protecting reproductive freedom, promoting racial justice, and fixing our crumbling schools.”

We look forward to working with Pham to promote our shared values and continue in the spirit of collaboration and equity that makes our communities strong.

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