By Derrick DePledge
Former state Rep. Gil Riviere, who narrowly lost his first re-election campaign in the Republican primary last year, wants to take the North Shore seat back.
Riviere said he will challenge Rep. Richard Fale in the Republican primary next year in House District 47. "I'm running," he said Wednesday.
Riviere, a mortgage broker active in the North Shore conservation movement, has personally informed Fale of his plans.
Some Republican operatives were privately disappointed that the party did not do more in the 2012 elections to protect House incumbents. Along with Riviere's primary loss, former Rep. Corinne Ching and former Rep. George Fontaine fell to Democrats in the general election.
The GOP only holds seven House seats, so the party can ill afford to leave incumbents vulnerable.
Republicans were placed in an awkward position, however, of choosing sides between Riviere and Fale, and will now have to do so again in 2014.