PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island Brotherhood of Corrections Officers (RIBCO) today endorsed

Aquidneck Island businessman Guillaume De Ramel in his campaign to become Rhode

Island’s next Secretary of State.  RIBCO, started in 1971 to ensure the safety of

workers inside of the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston, has 1200 members.

“As Corrections Officers, our members see firsthand the impact of the overall lack

of economic opportunities for Rhode Islanders through increases in crime against our

state’s citizens,” said RIBCO President Richard Ferruccio.  “Guillaume De Ramel

understands that the most important thing he can do as Rhode Island’s next Secretary

of State is to make it easier to business in our state and RIBCO wholeheartedly

endorses his candidacy.”

“I believe in our state’s potential and I know we can positively impact our economic

climate by cutting red-tape, increasing transparency, and creating a new way of

doing business here in Rhode Island,” said Guillaume.  “I am pleased that RIBCO’s

hardworking members have endorsed my campaign and my vision for the Secretary of

State’s office.  I look forward to meeting with more Rhode Islanders, discussing the

issues and building on this momentum in the weeks and months ahead.”

RIBCO joins the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 328, the Johnston and

Charlestown Democratic Town Committees, as well as North Providence Mayor Charlie

Lombardi to support Guillaume in 2014.  Last year, former Rhode Island Democratic

Party Chairman Ed Pacheco – himself a former candidate for Secretary of State – as

well as eleven members of the Providence City Council have signed up to support his


Current Secretary of State, A. Ralph Mollis, is term-limited from seeking

re-election to the same office in 2014.