Special election set for vacant Rhode Island House seat

December 17, 2019 GMT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s secretary of state set a special election on Tuesday to fill the seat of a state lawmaker who resigned because she’s moving.

The special election will be held on March 3 for House District 56, which includes the city of Central Falls, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea said.

Democratic Rep. Shelby Maldonado, of Central Falls, resigned Monday, effective immediately, from the House seat she has held in the House of Representatives since January 2015. The 32-year-old lawmaker is moving to New York for a position as the Hispanic outreach director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, according to a statement.

The legislative session begins Jan. 7.

Maldonado was a deputy majority leader, as well as the second vice chairwoman of both the House Committee on Municipal Government and the House Committee on Conduct. She currently works as a union spokeswoman.

A special primary election for the district will be held Feb. 4 if more than one candidate from a party qualifies for the ballot.