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Board of Elections Elects New Chairwoman and Chair

PROVIDENCE, RI - The Board of Elections last night unanimously voted to elect Board Members Diane C. Mederos as Chairwoman of the Board, and retired Judge Stephen P. Erickson As Vice-Chairman. This marks the first time a woman has served as Chair in the 70 year history of the Board of Elections.

Chairwoman Mederos has served on the Board since 2016. She was a former Town Administrator of the Town of Bristol from 2004 to 2012, and Bristol's Town Clerk from 1984 to 2004. She is currently the Executive Director of the East Bay Community Development Corp.

Vice-Chairman Erickson is an attorney and has served on the Board since 2014. He served in the House of Representatives from 1978 to 1986, was the Sr. Advisor to the Governor from 1986 to 1990, and a District Court Judge from 1990 until his retirement in 2010.

The term for both the Chair and Vice-Chair position expires in January 2020.

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