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RI Democratic Party exec. director Cyd McKenna leaving


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — R.I. Democratic Party executive director Cyd McKenna is stepping down to work for Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign, WPRI 12 has confirmed.

R.I. Democratic Party Chairman Joe McNamara said McKenna informed him Tuesday night she has been offered the job.

“It’s very exciting,” McNamara, who is also a Warwick state representative, said. “She’s very talented and I’m sure they’ll utilize her skills and talents.”

Cara Cromwell, the Bloomberg campaign’s Rhode Island state director, confirmed that McKenna is joining the team as the Rhode Island political director.

“We are fortunate to have Cyd on the team,” Cromwell said. “Her depth of experience and knowledge of the Rhode Island political landscape will be invaluable.”

McKenna said her last day with the party is Wednesday.

“This is one of the most consequential elections of our democracy and certainly, my lifetime,” McKenna said in a statement. “I am thrilled to take on this new challenge and at the same time grateful to the party for giving me this opportunity to experience all I have this last year.”

She only stepped into the position of executive director last August, succeeding Tolulope Kevin Olasanoye, who left to take a job in New Jersey.

McNamara said a search for a new executive director will take place in the coming weeks.

Steph Machado ( covers Providence, politics and more for WPRI 12. Follow her on Twitter and on Facebook

Ted Nesi ( is WPRI 12’s politics and business editor and a Target 12 investigative reporter. He is a weekly panelist on Newsmakers and hosts Executive Suite. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook

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