Gina Raimondo spent her first day as governor-elect meeting with constituents on Federal Hill. And she’s now focusing on transitioning into state’s highest office.
Raimondo won’t say who will be on her team as she moves forward, or who in the current administration will be let go. Though she said she hopes the Chafee administration will hold off on major staffing decisions, such as the education commissioner’s post, so that she can have a say once she assumes office in January.
The winner of the Providence mayor’s race all comes down to who wins which neighborhoods.
Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay has followed Providence politics for more than 25 years. Here’s his take on which wards Independent Buddy Cianci and Democrat Jorge Elorza have to win to become the next mayor of Providence.
As part of our Rhody Votes election coverage, we’re taking a look at the Providence mayor’s race. The Republican, Daniel Harrop, has rolled out an unorthodox campaign: its cornerstone is to put the city into
receivership, he’s used his time in debates to criticize independent Buddy Cianci, is weighing the option of dropping out of the race, and made a thousand dollar donation to his Democratic challenger Jorge Elorza.
Democratic candidate for mayor, Jorge Elorza, has received his first endorsement from a Providence city council member. Elorza is running against city council president Michael Solomon who has launched an ad critical of Elorza.
Councilman Bryan Principe represents the 13th Ward on Providence’s west side. His endorsement came during an event where Elorza outlined a public safety plan tied to community development and education.
A former Providence tax official who was convicted of extorting bribes in the Operation Plunder Dome case has died. David Ead testified against Buddy Cianci during the trial that landed Cianci in prison.
Ead was a former Providence police officer who ran a vending machine company. During the Plunder Dome trial in 2002, Ead testified that a $5000 payment and a call from Cianci got a family friend a job in the Providence planning department.
Woonsocket election officials are expecting about a third of eligible voters to cast ballots in Tuesday’s mayoral election. State Representative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt faces current Mayor Leo Fontaine in the municipal election, which also features races for city council.
Former state rep David Caprio has House Speaker Gordon Fox’s blessing to become the next chair of the Rhode Island Democratic Party. Rhode Island Democrats are expected to formally endorse Caprio during an October 3rd state committee meeting in Cranston.
David Caprio is a member of one of Rhode Island’s most prominent political families. His brother Frank ran for governor in 2010 and hope to win back his old job as state treasurer next year. Their father, also named Frank Caprio, is the chief municipal judge in Providence.