Nellie Gorbea in a blue shirt: Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea

Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea is running for governor in 2022, getting an early jump in what is expected to be a highly competitive Democratic primary race.

“Today, after six and half years of working as your secretary of state, I’m thrilled to announce I’m running to be your governor,” Gorbea says in a YouTube video. “I’m running for governor to build a better Rhode Island, to make government more accountable to the people, to bring diverse voices to the table, and connect people to hopeful opportunities that will help them thrive.”

The video, posted Sunday night on her website, includes words of support from Rhode Islanders such as former Common Cause Rhode Island executive director H. Philip West Jr., “Nuestra Salud” radio talk show host Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, and Rhode Island Spirits co-owners Cathy Plourde and Kara Larson.

A news release sent just after midnight Monday said Gorbea is the first Latina in New England to run in a gubernatorial race, “making her candidacy historic for the state and region.”

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