Congressman David Cicilline faces a number of little-known challengers as he starts campaigning for a third-term. The former Providence mayor was first elected to Congress in 2010. But one of his past opponents, Republican John Loughlin, who ran against Cicilline four years ago, says he's also considering a rematch.
Cicilline was the beneficiary over the weekend of an East Side fundraiser billed as a campaign kick-off reception. Unlike 2010, and 2012, Cicilline heads into campaign season without a well-known opponent.
A Democrat making his first run for office, Matt Fectau, says he plans to challenge Cicilline. Fecteau says he works as a civil affairs team leader at the Newport Naval base. A Republican challenge is expected by first time candidates Stan Tran and Cormick Lynch, who says he is a Marine veteran.
In 2012, some pundits predicted a loss for Cicilline due to the financial problems that emerged in Providence after he left office as mayor. Cicilline apologized for the situation, and he ultimately scored a decisive victory over his Republican opponent, former state police colonel Brendan Doherty.
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