PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Incumbent Democrat Peter Neronha fended off a challenge from Republican Charles Calenda, 12 News projects.

The two candidates were vying to be the state’s top prosecutor, a job Neronha has held since he was first elected in 2018.

Neronha, of Jamestown, previously served in the Rhode Island U.S. Attorney’s office where President Barack Obama appointed him to the top job in 2009.

Calenda, a trial attorney, previously served as a special assistant attorney general in the Rhode Island Attorney General’s office, where he worked until 2018. He’s since been employed at the law firm Inman & Tourgee in Coventry, according to his website.

The Democratic Attorneys General Association congratulated Neronha on winning reelection.

“As a native Rhode Islander, Neronha’s roots run deep in the state, and fighting for his constituents is personal to him,” the association said in a statement. “He has proven his commitment to public safety, government transparency, and consumer protections for Rhode Islanders … As Neronha has said, there is ‘unfinished business,’ and we are excited to see all the ways in which he will continue to fight for justice in his second term.”