Fri March 8, 2013
Field for Mayor of Providence in 2014 starting to take shape
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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