Add Lorne Adrain, businessman, community activist and the former chair of the RI Board of Governors for Higher Education, to the list of those mulling a run for mayor of Providence if Angel Taveras seeks a different office in 2014.
During a brief interview Saturday afternoon, Adrain confirmed he's exploring a possible campaign, in part since he believes Providence will need new energy and leadership if Taveras moves on. "I'm trying to take a hard look" at the issues that need attention, he says, while also examining how his family commitments might jibe with a political run. Adrain says he doesn't have a timetable for making decision.
Adrain has been an outspoken critic of a move by the House of Representatives during last year's late night budget vote to consolidate separate boards overseeing K-12 and higher education, a move that effectively eliminated his post with the Board of Governors. He is married to the novelist Ann Hood.
With Taveras and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo expected to compete in a Democratic gubernatorial primary next year, the field of prospective Providence mayoral candidates also includes:
-- City Council President Michael Solomon;
-- Three-time gubernatorial candidate Myrth York;
-- House Speaker Gordon Fox;
-- WPRO-AM talk-show host and former mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci;
-- Housing Court Judge and RWU Law School professor Jorge Elorza;
-- Central Falls educator Victor Capellan;
-- Ward 15 City Councilor Sabina Matos;
-- Education activist Maryellen Butke;
-- State Representative and former longtime City Councilor John Lombardi;
-- Meeting Street CEO and former state rep candidate John Kelly