2017-09-28 / Front Page

Neronha likely to announce AG bid

Jamestowner poised to enter race Tuesday

NERONHA NERONHA Peter Neronha, the former U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island, is expected to announce his bid for attorney general at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at East Ferry landing.

Since his resignation as U.S. attorney in March, it has been speculated

Neronha would run for the soon-to-be-vacated post in 2018. While he would not comment on the rumors, he did file paperwork Monday with the Rhode Island Board of Elections to create a campaign committee. The formerly unaffiliated Neronha registered March 29 as a Democrat.

Current Attorney General Pe- ter Kilmartin has served the two terms allowed by law.

So far, no other candidates have declared for the job, but a few may have been testing the waters.

Former Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer Edward “Ted” Siedle reportedly is considering running for the post. Siedle, who lives in Florida, first would have to become a registered voter in the state at least 30 days prior to the official June 25- 27 declaration period.

State Rep. Robert Craven, DNorth Kingstown, said he would announce his decision during the first week of November, reported the Providence Journal. Craven, who was an assistant attorney general from 1983-92, said Neronha placed a courtesy call to him Monday about his upcoming announcement, the Journal reported.

Neronha, a fourth-generation Jamestowner, was one of nearly 50 U.S. attorneys asked to immediately resign by the Trump administration. After being ousted, the 53-year-old Ranger Court resident said he would like to continue serving the public.

President Barack Obama appointed Neronha as the U.S. attorney for Rhode Island in September 2009 after he was nominated by U.S. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed, a fellow Jamestowner. U.S. attorneys are responsible for prosecuting federal crimes in their district. While in charge, his office prosecuted several former public officials, including ex-House Speaker Gordon Fox and one-time House Finance Committee Chairman Raymond E. Gallison Jr.

Neronha had been an assistant U.S. attorney for the state from 2002-09. Prior to becoming a federal prosecutor, he served from 1996 to 2002 as the assistant attorney general of Rhode Island, where he worked in the criminal division.

If it rains, Neronha will make his announcement at the recreation center, 41 Conanicus Ave., across the street from the ferry landing.

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