Lorne Adrain Hires Former Chris Dodd Staffer to Advise His Mayoral Campaign

Jan 15, 2014

Providence mayoral candidate Lorne Adrain, who has been making some aggressive moves to step up his run, has hired an experienced political staffer, Steve Gerencser, to advise his campaign.

Gerencser worked as a senior adviser when former US Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut served on the Senate Banking Committee, He says his experience includes working on the field effort for US Senator Elizabeth Warren's winning run in Massachusetts in 2012, and was a senior adviser during Bernard Sanders' successful Senate run in 2006.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of Lorne’s mayoral campaign,” says Gerencser. “Lorne has the experience, commitment and vision that Providence needs to create jobs, improve its school system and move the city forward.”

Gerencser, who got married in Newport in 2011, is the son-in-law of consultant and former Fleet/Boston Financial Group exec Anne Szostak.

Adrain is part of an unsettled field for mayor that includes City Council president Michael Solomon, lobbyist/consultant Brett Smiley, law school professor Jorge Elorza, Republican Daniel Harrop, possibly state rep John Lombardi and perhaps even the inimitable Buddy Cianci.

Meanwhile, Gastroenterology Associates, a medical practice in Providence, is hosting a fundraiser/meet and greet for Adrain tonight, and the candidate recently advertised to hire a full-time finance director for his campaign.

Adrain is also slated to speak at the Hope Club January 23 on a climb he made last summer of Mount Denali, one of the world's tallest mountains. According to an invite for the event, "This is the fourth of the Seven Summits (highest peak on each continent), Lorne has climbed since turning 50, this one to celebrate his 60th birthday (January 20th).  Lorne uses his climbs to raise funds to support community and education programs in Providence and around the globe."

This post has been updated.