One of the most interesting legislative races for 2012 — the District 8 seat held by state Representative Michael Tarro (D-Providence) – is about to come into sharper focus.
Speaker Gordon Fox is backing Tarro for re-election. Liberal challenger Libby Kimzey is set to formally launch her campaign tomorrow. And longtime former Providence councilor John Lombardi, who placed second in the 2010 Providence mayoral race, tells me he plans to make his intentions known within a few days.
Kimzey managed state Representative Teresa Tanzi’s upset win over David Caprio in the September 2010 primary.
Her kickoff event/fundraiser is set for Tuesday, from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Phoenix Dragon restaurant, 256 Broadway. Kimzey’s host committee includes Lauren Nocera, who managed Angel Taveras’ 2010 campaign, labor stalwarts Pat Crowley, Stan Israel, Scott Duhamel, and the expected array of progressive activists.