RI candidates eager for Election Day

Gubernatorial candidates Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, Gov. Gina Raimondo and Joe Trillo. (WJAR)

The candidates made a last-minute push for votes ahead of Election Day.

The first polls opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday in Rhode Island, and the countdown is on.

Gov. Gina Raimondo was surrounded by state Democrats and supporters at a Johnston rally Monday night.

“I spent all day today out and about with people at senior centers, rallies, coffee shops, restaurants,” Raimondo, a Democrat, said. “For four years, I’ve been working hard to bring change to Rhode Island, change to that way we do economic development. Tomorrow’s the day to vote for that change and just to keep going.”

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung’s campaign was hitting the phones -- and the streets.

“I want the responsibility and challenges to fix the problems the governor has left us,” Fung, a Republican, said. “I’m going to bring the reform Rhode Island crave right now. I’m going to shake up that state house and that’s going to start tomorrow night.”

Joe Trillo, who is the independent candidate for governor, was busy greeting customers outside a Stop & Shop supermarket in Johnston.

“I feel as though I am within striking distance of winning this race right now,” he said. “If people really want change, I’m the change agent. I don’t owe anybody anything. I’ve primarily run this campaign with my own money.”

In Cranston, Democratic House Speaker Nick Mattiello faces a rematch against Republican Steven Frias in the race for District 15’s state representative.

“Tonight, I don’t think is very important at all. Everyone is taking a deep breath, and I think everyone just wants the election to be over, to be honest,” Mattiello said.

Frias lost by less than 90 votes to Mattiello in 2016.

“I feel better this time than last time,” Frias said. “Last time, I felt it was going to be a really close race that could go either way. This time, I feel like I’ve got it.”

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