Director of Health Dr. Alexander-Scott evaluates bid for 2nd District headquarters
PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) – Outgoing RI Health Department Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott is seriously discussing whether to run in the Democratic primary for the 2nd congressional district, according to multiple sources familiar with the sources. conversations.
Alexander-Scott, who has never sought public office, announced his resignation earlier this month and is in his final week as head of the department. Sources said she was encouraged to flee by individuals in Rhode Island and Washington.
The health director would launch a campaign with high profile after nearly two years leading Rhode Island’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, but she would also be getting into campaign politics for the first time. Her timeline for a decision is unclear, and she did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday morning.
Under the terms of her resignation agreement, Alexander-Scott is expected to step down as director later this week, take a month off using compensation time, and then serve as a consultant to the Department of Health for three months in March, April and May.
A copy of Alexander-Scott’s two-page agreement with the state shows she will be paid $46,000 a month for her services, or $138,000 for the three months. She can cancel the contract early without penalty, while the state would have to pay her the full three months to terminate the agreement.
Efforts to recruit Alexander-Scott in the 2nd District primary are the latest shoe to fall since Congressman Jim Langevin unexpectedly announced his retirement last Tuesday, sending top Democrats into a frenzy of activity as they are looking to find a top replacement to fill the seat.
Treasurer General Seth Magaziner confirmed on Sunday that he was considering dropping his bid for governor to run for the 2nd District seat instead, while another gubernatorial candidate – former CVS executive Helena Foulkes – ruled out a change.
The only Democrat to officially announce a campaign so far is Omar Bah, founder of the Refugee Dream Center, although former state Rep. Ed Pacheco is expected to release a video launching his campaign on Monday.
State Senator Joshua Miller said Sunday night that he is still seriously considering running in the Democratic primary, as are a number of other state lawmakers.
Republicans hope they have a chance to snatch the seat from Democrats this fall due to the more moderate thinness of the 2nd District compared to the 1st District, as well as voter frustration with the administration. Biden.
State Sen. Jessica de la Cruz said Sunday she decided to seek the GOP nomination for the seat, while former state Rep. Bob Lancia was already running as a Republican ahead of the announcement of Langevin’s retirement. Former Cranston Mayor Allan Fung is also considering a GOP campaign.