State Rep. Nathan Biah, a Providence lawmaker, has declared his candidacy for the 1st Congressional District, making him the fourth Democrat to announce his campaign following David Cicilline’s departure. Biah, 51, a two-term representative, cited his experience as a principal and his students’ ongoing issues as his motivation to run for Congress, stating he aims to seek bold solutions to these major problems. Biah will launch a website for his campaign soon and announce staff hires in the coming weeks. Additionally, two other candidates have filed their candidacies papers with the Federal Election Commission: Allen Waters, a Democrat and the Republican nominee in last year’s election, and Mickeda Barnes, a newcomer to politics. No Republican candidate for the 1st District seat has announced as of now, though Aaron Guckian, the Republican nominee for the lieutenant governor in 2022, has shown interest in running. The primary is expected to take place sometime in August or September, with special elections two months later.

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