PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Ashley Kalus has won the Republican nomination for governor, officially setting her up to face the Democratic nominee in November. 

Kalus, a relative newcomer to Rhode Island and the Republican Party’s endorsed candidate, beat Jonathan Riccitelli for the nomination. 

Kalus has funneled millions of dollars of her own money into the campaign, allowing her go on TV early with commercials that tout her status as a boxer.

She was most recently known for her role leading a COVID testing company. 

“My promise is that I will always do what is in the best interests of the taxpayers of Rhode Island,” Kalus said in a statement. “And I will always put people above party as I work to get Rhode Island back on track.”

“We need a fresh set of eyes on the problems that plague our state,” she continued. “Together, we can make our state the most affordable place to live, work, and raise a family.”