Former Secretary of State Brown exploring run for RI governor

Former RI Secretary of State Matt Brown said he's exploring run for governor as an Independent. (mattbrownforgovernor.com)

Matt Brown, former Rhode Island secretary of state, has announced he is "exploring the possibility" of a run for governor as an independent.

Brown made his intentions known in a letter published on a campaign website. On Wednesday, he filed notice of his candidacy with the Board of Elections.

His letter promises "bold ideas" to bring about social and economic change in Rhode Island.

Brown co-founded the Rhode Island branch of the public service organization City Year in 1993.

He served as Rhode Island secretary of state from 2003 to 2007 as a Democrat, but said he would run for governor as an independent.

Brown ran for U.S. Senate in 2006, but dropped out of the race citing a lack of funds. There had also been an investigation into his campaign finances, involving donation made to his campaign by Democratic parties, in Hawaii, Maine and Massachusetts. In 2007, the Federal Election Commission determined those donations had not violated federal law.

Brown becomes the third independent candidate apparently running for governor, joining Joe Trillo and Dr. Luis-Daniel Munoz.

Gov. Gina Raimondo is expected to run for re-election. She would likely face a primary battle with announced candidates Paul Roselli and Spencer Dickinson.

Republicans Giovanni Feroce, state Sen. Patricia Morgan, and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung have also announced their intentions to run for governor.

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