With a 4 p.m. deadline approaching, 10 of the 12 candidates who signaled interest in running for the late Thomas Slater's seat in the Rhode Island House of Representatives have filed the proper paperwork and qualified for the ballot, according to Laurence K. Flynn, executive secretary of the Providence Board of Canvassers.
Paul Doughty, a Democrat who heads the Providence firefighters union, has not yet filed any of the 50 valid signatures from district voters required to get on the ballot, according to Flynn. Maryelyn Alba-Acevedo, an independent, has filed 40 signatures thus far.
Among the candidates who have qualified: Scott Slater, son of the late representative, and John M. Kelly, the well-funded president and CEO of Meeting Street School. Both are Democrats. A total of eight Democrats, three independents and a Republican took out papers two weeks ago.