Sen. Juan Pichardo won’t run for secretary of state in 2014

The list of Democratic candidates for secretary of state just got a little shorter.

Providence Sen. Juan Pichardo, who’s been on the short list of likely candidates for more than a year, says he’s decided he won’t throw his hat into the ring in the competition to succeed Ralph Mollis, who’s barred by term limits from running again.

“I’m not running,” Pichardo told last week. “There’s a lot of work to be done in the Senate, and I’m concentrating there. … I think I provide some leadership there, and I think there’s a lot to be done.”

Guillaume de Ramel, a Newport Democrat who lost the 2006 primary to Mollis, became the first official candidate for secretary of state last week when he told he’s planning to run. R.I. Democratic Party Chairman Ed Pacheco is also expected to do so. On the Republican side, Catherine Taylor says she’s considering another bid after nearly beating Mollis in 2010.

Pichardo, 46, is a Dominican-American who was elected Rhode Island’s first Latino state senator in 2002. Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed recently named him chairman of the  Senate Committee on Housing and Municipal Government. He had $2,592 in his campaign war chest as of Oct. 29.

• Related: Newport Dem Guillaume de Ramel will run for secretary of state (Jan. 24)

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