Victor Capellan http://ripr.org en Capellan Drops Out of Providence Mayoral Race http://ripr.org/post/capellan-drops-out-providence-mayoral-race <p>An educator who works in Central Falls has decided not to run for mayor of Providence.&nbsp; The decision by Victor Capellan leaves the field with just one Latino candidate.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Capellan is a longtime political activist who took steps to organize a campaign earlier this year. He said the demands of his job as a deputy school superintendent in Central Falls are why he’s pulling out of the race.</p><p></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:44:39 +0000 Ian Donnis 21409 at http://ripr.org Capellan Drops Out of Providence Mayoral Race Capellan Exits the Providence Mayoral Field; Lombardi Leaning Toward "Yes" http://ripr.org/post/capellan-exits-providence-mayoral-field-lombardi-leaning-toward-yes <p>Central Falls educator <a href="https://twitter.com/vcapellan">Victor Capellan</a> has folded the tent on his 2014 Providence mayoral run, leaving <a href="http://www.elorzaformayor.com/">Jorge Elorza</a> as the lone Latino candidate in the race.</p><p>Capellan, a longtime political activist, says Elorza didn't encourage him to leave the campaign. Yet it's clear that the departure, coming on the heels of Ward 15 Councilwoman Sabina Matos' decision last week to seek re-election, accrues to Elorza's benefit.</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 15:04:52 +0000 Ian Donnis 21351 at http://ripr.org No Easy Answers To Providence's High Tax Rate http://ripr.org/post/no-easy-answers-providences-high-tax-rate <p>The head of the Providence City Council says there aren’t any easy answers for cutting high commercial taxes in the capital city. Providence has among the highest commercial tax rates in the country.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has frozen the commercial tax rate in Rhode Island’s largest city. But the cost of the tax is still seen as an obstacle to new development.</p><p>City Council President Michael Solomon says city officials are limited in their ability to improve the situation beyond trying to encourage a broader tax base.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 12:26:26 +0000 Ian Donnis 21243 at http://ripr.org No Easy Answers To Providence's High Tax Rate Bonus Q+A: Solomon on Providence's Challenges http://ripr.org/post/bonus-qa-solomon-providences-challenges <p>Providence City Council President Michael Solomon, a likely candidate for mayor next year, joins Bonus Q+A to talk about school, the economy, the vacant Superman Building and other issues facing Rhode Island's capital city.</p><p></p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 08:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 21208 at http://ripr.org Solomon on Providence's Chicken-and-Egg Problem + More http://ripr.org/post/solomon-providences-chicken-and-egg-problem-more <p>As the $110 million deficit of January 2011 recedes in the rear-view mirror, Providence still faces sharp economic challenges. One of the most serious is how Rhode Island's capital city desperately needs a broader tax base, even as its<a href="http://blogs.wpri.com/2013/08/19/study-providence-commercial-taxes-again-highest-in-the-us/"> highest-in-the-nation commercial taxes</a> discourages the very economic development that would improve the situation.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 22:03:28 +0000 Ian Donnis 21221 at http://ripr.org Elorza Launches Fundraising by Targeting 30K in (Almost) 30 Days http://ripr.org/post/elorza-launches-fundraising-targeting-30k-almost-30-days <p>Providence mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza plans to use his <a href="https://www.elorzaformayor.com/">just-launched campaign Website</a> to spark his fundraising efforts, hoping to raise an initial $30,000 in the just-under 30 days until the end of the third quarter on September 30.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 11:27:57 +0000 Ian Donnis 21028 at http://ripr.org Elorza Moving Ahead With Providence Mayoral Run http://ripr.org/post/elorza-moving-ahead-providence-mayoral-run <p></p><p>Jorge Elorza, a professor at <a href="http://law.rwu.edu/jorge-o-elorza">Roger Williams University Law School</a>, is gearing up to run for mayor of Providence if Angel Taveras seeks another office.</p><p>"If Angel decides to run for governor, I will run for mayor," Elorza said Wednesday, in his first interview on the subject.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:56:47 +0000 Ian Donnis 20395 at http://ripr.org Elorza Moving Ahead With Providence Mayoral Run Solomon, Capellan up with Campaign Web Sites for 2014 http://ripr.org/post/solomon-capellan-campaign-web-sites-2014 <p>Two of the candidates hoping to succeed Angel Taveras as mayor of Providence have posted Web sites to offer visibility, attract supporters, and raise money.</p><p>Council President Michael Solomon's site is called <a href="http://mikeforprovidence.com/">Mike for Providence</a>.</p><p>Capellan, an educator in Central Falls and veteran of Providence politics, is a bit more oblique with <a href="http://www.victorcapellan.org/">his eponymous site</a> (although not so much with a background shot of the Providence skyline, including the now-vacant Superman Building).</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 13:46:19 +0000 Ian Donnis 15172 at http://ripr.org Field for Mayor of Providence in 2014 starting to take shape http://ripr.org/post/field-mayor-providence-2014-starting-take-shape <p>Educator <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/vcapellan">Victor Capellan</a>, a veteran of <a href="http://www.providencephoenix.com/features/top/multi/documents/04692798.asp">Latino politics</a> in Rhode Island, says he plans to run for mayor of Providence in 2014 if Angel Taveras seeks a different office.</p><p>Taveras, like state Treasurer Gina Raimondo, is widely expected to run for governor. Independent Governor Lincoln Chafee plans to seek re-election; the only other declared candidate at this point is former state auditor Ernest Almonte, a Democrat.</p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 15:45:24 +0000 Ian Donnis 11607 at http://ripr.org