Meet the Candidates: RI Lieutenant Governor

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Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos defeated her two challengers in the Democratic primary as she seeks to win her first full term in office. She faces GOP nominee Aaron Guckian and independent candidate Ross McCurdy in the general election in November.

Here’s what you need to know about the current candidates:

Sabina Matos (D)

Matos was appointed lieutenant governor by Gov. Dan McKee in April 2021 after he took over for Gov. Gina Raimondo, who left to join the Biden administration.

The appointment made her the first Black and Latina woman to hold the office. Now, she’s looking to be elected to a full four-year term, which would make her the first appointed lieutenant governor to do so in Rhode Island’s history.

Matos was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the United States when she was 20. After earning a degree from RIC, she won a seat on the Providence City Council in 2010. She served on the council for 11 years and was elevated to council president in 2019.

Watch: Sabina Matos on Newsmakers 4/15/22

Visit Matos’s campaign website »

Aaron Guckian (R)

Guckian is looking to return to state government after more than a decade away, having served as a special assistant to former Gov. Donald Carcieri from 2003 to 2011.

For the past five years, Guckian has been a development officer for the Rhode Island Foundation. Prior to that, he was a vice president at Bank Newport and an officer with the Washington Trust Company.

Guckian is a lifelong Rhode Islander and on the wall of honor at his alma mater, East Greenwich High School, according to his website.

Watch: Aaron Guckian 12 News interview 7/20/22

Visit Guckian’s campaign website »

Ross McCurdy (I)

McCurdy is an independent candidate who previously ran for lieutenant governor in 2018.

He previously told 12 News he’s a school teacher and an Air Force veteran.