Monday August 3rd 2020
Former Rhode Island Governor Atkins endorses Green gubernatorial candidate
Billie Atkins who served four, four year terms as Rhode Island Governor between 1992 and 2012 today endorsed the Green Party gubernatorial candidate Anderson Gerald. Atkins who twice ran for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2006 and 2014 is still very popular in the state even though she left office for the final time after the 2012 election.
Gerald, a activist lawyer from Providence is currently polling on nine points against Democratic Lt Governor Miles Leonard and Republican Martha Atkinson. "I am here today to proudly support Anderson for Governor. He is the ideal candidate, and I know as someone who did the job for sixteen years, he can do the job".
Atkins who is still highly loved by the liberal wing of the Democratic party, she did endorse Haydn Straus in 2018. Atkins who served as Governor between 1992 and 2000 and then from 2004 to 2012, this due to the term limits, as you can only serve two consecutive terms, but can serve again after a term's gap.
Rhode Island Governors
Billie Atkins (D) 1992-2000
Kenneth Dobson (D) 2000-2004
Billie Atkins (Independent Dem) 2004-2012* In 2004 Atkins ran as an Independent Democrat against Dobson the "official" Democratic candidate. In 2008 she returned to the Democratic Party.
Leon Stansberry (Dem) 2012-2020*Stansberry term limited (see above)