RI Republicans Elect Three New Party Leaders

New Leadership Promises to Broaden the Party and Support Candidates Who Can Win

WARWICK – The RI GOP elected three new leaders Saturday to re-build the state Republican party and to ensure a slate of qualified candidates for future elections.

Joe Powers, who was unsuccessful last year in a bid for a Cranston state Senate seat, was elected as state party chair. He defeated former state chair Giovanni Cicione. Powers will replace Sue Cienki, who was elected to be the party’s National Committeewoman.

Also elected were Jessica Drew-Day as first vice-chair and Niyoka Powell as second vice-chair. Both are new to statewide leadership roles.

Powers told the crowd of about 170 Republicans who gathered to elect a slate of officers, “Our intention to move forward is to make sure people outside this room know who we are. We are going to identify all of the right candidates. We are going to make sure they are prepared.”

Powers said he will emphasize “recruitment and messaging” to re-establish the Republican brand in Rhode Island and broaden the party membership. He said the party will also educate and train candidates in how to run campaigns, including how to raise money and engage with voters.

“I got involved because I was tired of sitting on the sidelines,” Powers said. “A lot of people have stepped up to help.

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