- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - State Rep. Joseph McNamara is poised to become the new chairman of the Rhode Island Democratic Party.

The state Democratic committee is meeting Thursday evening in Cranston to elect a new party chief. House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello last month recommended the veteran lawmaker as the successor to David Caprio, who resigned in July.

The ethics commission is investigating whether Caprio violated ethics rules by bidding on a state beach concessions contract.

McNamara’s name will be put forward by the acting head of the party, state Rep. Grace Diaz.

McNamara was first elected to represent Warwick in 1994 and has served more than a decade as chairman of the House Health, Education and Welfare Committee. He’s a retired Pawtucket school administrator.

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