The Farmers Market at Lippitt Park on Providence’s East Side is a bustling venue on Saturday mornings as people line up to choose from a cornucopia of fruits, vegetables, sweets, seafood and pasture-feed beef. It was also a beehive of political activity this morning as candidates milled among prospective voters. Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, who is running in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor was spotted, along with Buddy Cianci, who is trying to make a comeback for Providence mayor as an independent.
When asked about recent developments in the mayoral contest, where another East Side-based candidate, Brett Smiley, left the race yesterday, Cianci quipped, ``There are more drop-outs in the mayor’s race than in the Providence schools.’’
The neighborhood is also home to a very competitive contest for state representative in the District 4 seat that was vacated by former House Speaker Gordon Fox after his home and Statehouse office was raided by state police and federal agents. The area has sprouted lawn signs for Democratic primary candidates Aaron Regunberg, Heather Tow-Yick and Miriam Ross.