Lorne Adrain considering possible mayoral run in Providence

Apr 27, 2013

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