Mike Kiernan was first. He got his declaration of candidacy papers in right after the Town Clerk's office opened Monday morning – which was as early as possible. By state law, candidates have from start of business Monday to 4 p.m. Wednesday this week to declare.
Kiernan, a Republican, is running for a third term on the Town Council.
Filing his candidacy papers just after Kiernan Monday morning was .
Later on Monday, two Republican candidates for Bob Watson's House District 30 seat submitted their papers – , and Antonio Giarrusso, who had not made his intentions public before Monday. If both follow through getting the requisite signatures, that means there will be a Republican primary on Sept. 11.
After submitting candidacy papers, candidates then have from July 3 to July 13 to get 50 signatures from local registered voters.
Information on all aspects of running for office in Rhode Island presented in a booklet put out by the R.I. Secretary of State is attached, right.