Field for Mayor of Providence in 2014 starting to take shape

Mar 8, 2013

Educator Victor Capellan, a veteran of Latino politics in Rhode Island, says he plans to run for mayor of Providence in 2014 if Angel Taveras seeks a different office.

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.

Capellan said he plans to file paperwork with the state Board of Elections Friday morning that will enable him to start raising money for a possible campaign.

Two other people -- City Council President Michael Solomon and Ward 15 councilor Sabina Matos -- say they plan to run for mayor in 2014 if Taveras seeks a different office. The emergence of Capellan and Matos as candidates in waiting (and possibly Housing Court Judge Jorge Elorza) is a further reflection of the political maturation of Latinos in Rhode Island.

Post-script: State Representative John Lombardi, a longtime former Providence city oouncilor,  has previously indicated he would consider a mayoral run if Taveras moves on. The larger the field, the better the chances for a candidate, like Lombardi (or Buddy Cianci), with strong name recognition.

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