Catherine Terry Taylor could be a candidate for secretary of state again in two years.
“I have thought about it,” Taylor told WPRI.com on Tuesday. She currently works as Governor Chafee’s director of elderly affairs. “I would love to do it again but I can’t do any planning for it as long as I have this job,” she said. “I love this job. That’s really the status right now.”
Taylor, a Republican, ran a stronger-than-expected campaign against incumbent Democrat Ralph Mollis in 2010 on a platform that emphasized open government and clean elections. She raised $119,432 and received more votes than any other Republican on the ticket, losing by a narrow margin of 50.6% to 49.4%.
Taylor said she thinks there’s plenty of time before a candidate would need to get in. “I made the decision to run last time on the last possible day,” she said, adding that her experience and name recognition from the last campaign would be helpful. But, she said, “It really is too far away.”
With Mollis barred from seeking another term, a long list of Democrats are being mentioned as potential candidates for the secretary of state nomination, including R.I. Democratic Party Chairman Ed Pacheco, Providence City Councilman Terrence Hassett, Pawtucket Sen. Jamie Doyle, Providence Sen. Juan Pichardo and Jamestown Rep. Deborah Ruggiero.
Taylor said her timing for entering the race will depend on the situation at the Division of Elderly Affairs. “For me it’s just a matter of where I can be of most use to the people of Rhode Island, and right now I think I’m able to have an effect for them and I’m really grateful for that,” she said.
(photo: Taylor campaign)