Former gubernatorial candidate Helena Foulkes has announced that she will not seek the seat to replace Congressman David Cicilline. In a statement, Foulkes stated that she is passionate about serving Rhode Island but believes she can have a greater impact by working with members of the community to address local issues. Foulkes also hinted that she is considering running for governor in 2026. This announcement comes just one week after Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos announced her intention to run, and days after House Speaker Joe Shekarchi also announced he would not pursue the seat. In contrast, state Sen. Sandra Cano has jumped into the race. A Pawtucket Democrat, Cano chairs the Senate Education Committee and highlighted her experience working with labor unions, affordable healthcare, and a national assault-weapons ban. She also noted that, if elected, she would make history as the first woman, Latina, and Colombian immigrant to represent Rhode Island in Congress. Several other Democrats are also considering a 1st District bid. Rhode Island residents are set to vote in a primary expected to take place in August or September, with the special election two months later.