With five weeks until Election Day, the three candidates running to be the next mayor of Providence squared off during a televised debate last Tuesday. Front runners Buddy Cianci and Jorge Elorza emphasized their competing messages.
Republican candidate Daniel Harrop provided the best laugh line during the one-hour skirmish at Rhode Island College when he was asked whether he’ll still be in the race on November 4th.
Democrat Jorge Elorza plans to stand in front of Asa Messer Elementary School on Monday to unveil his vision for the city of Providence. His announcement outside the school he once attended comes after the Providence Teachers Union endorsed Independent Buddy Cianci on Saturday in the race for Providence Mayor.
The teachers union says Cianci understands the needs of the district.
Services for the late Joe Vileno Jr., a quintessential Providence character and political activist, are scheduled for Tuesday evening at Nardollilo Funeral Home, 1278 Park Avenue, in Cranston. Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Committal and burial will be private.
Joe died earlier this week at age 76. He had a history of heart ailments and his family requests that donations in lieu of flowers be made to the American Heart Association.
Rhode Island has been a laggard in electing women to high office. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on why that may change on November 4.
By most measures, Rhode Island is one of America’s most liberal and deepest blue of the 50 states. Our Washington, D.C. delegation is all-Democratic and no Republican holds any statewide or federal elected office.
Independent Providence mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci joins Political Roundtable to discuss his latest run, as well as questions about troubles in his past administrations, pensions, and negotiating with city unions.
The poll shows 38 percent of voters backing Cianci, 32 percent preferring Elorza, and 6 percent supporting Republican Daniel Harrop. Twenty-one percent of voters are undecided -- a number showing that the race remains up for grabs between Cianci and Elorza.
Update: The Providence Teachers Union announced its endorsement of Buddy Cianci today. The unions representing firefighters and police have also endorsed Cianci. In once of those grand ironies that limn Rhode Island politics, the police union has endorsed a two-time felon over a judge, Jorge Elorza.
So it looks like Providence mayoral campaign politics reared its head in the negotiations between the union representing public school teachers and the administration of Mayor Angel Taveras?
Democratic Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza has won key endorsements from elected officials on the city's South Side: state Representatives Grace Diaz and Scott Slater; state Senator Juan Pichardo; and Ward 15 Councilor Sabina Matos.
Elorza won the September 9 primary, but he lost the South Side to Michael Solomon, who won four of the area's five wards.
Picking up support from some of Solomon's more visible supporters could help Elorza as he battles with Buddy Cianci for South Side votes.
Providence Mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci on Monday outlined a neighborhood improvement plan with particular emphasis on Broad and Public streets -- key thoroughfares in the respective Latino and black communities where he needs to pick up votes.
Cianci said his internal polling shows him with strong support among blacks and Latinos, and he said his initiative is not about gaining votes.