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Harrop Hops Over to Assembly Race

Daniel Harrop, a psychiatrist who was gearing up for a GOP run for Providence mayor, has made a last-minute switch to a General Assembly race - taking on longtime Providence Representative Edith Ajello. It'll be a long shot. But the move, coming after the deadline to register interest in a race, invokes an interesting bit of election law. From Harrop's statement:

"I have a unique opportunity to help the people and the party by challenging Edith Ajello. No General Assembly member should be able to return to their seat without answering to the voters. We are in trouble in this state and she has helped steer us down this road. We need to have a discussion about how we got here and whether the voters want to continue down this same path," Harrop said about the last minute shift to the legislative run.

State election law allows for the Chairman of a political Party to appoint candidates to fill unchallenged seats for up to 24 hours after the close of the declaration period. Upon Harrop's withdrawal, RIGOP Chairman Gio Cicione used that ability to appoint Harrop as the candidate for the General Assembly race. Dr. Harrop is a practicing psychiatrist with an office in Providence, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ocean State Policy Research Institute (OSPRI), and Finance Chairman for the Rhode Island Republican Party.

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