Paul Doughty, president of the Providence firefighters union, is not running for the Rhode Island House of Representatives seat vacated by the late Thomas Slater. Doughty told N4N minutes ago that he spoke with several people, including some of the other candidates for the seat, over the weekend and decided that he shared views with several of the candidates and did not want to pull votes away from those with similar values.
The other 11 candidates who had signaled interest in the seat - including Slater's son Scott - have all qualified for the ballot. There are now seven Democrats, three independents and a Republican vying for the seat, which represents a portion of Providence's West End.
Candidates had until 4 p.m. today to file at least 50 valid signatures from voters in the district.