Rep. Ray Hull Mulling Providence Mayoral Bid

Mar 18, 2014

State Rep. Ray Hull, D-Providence is seriously considering running for the Democratic nomination for mayor in the Sept. 9 primary.

Hull is  a Providence police sergeant who represents House District 6, which takes in parts of the neighborhoods of Manton, Mount Pleasant and Fruit Hill near the Providence College campus.

Hull won the seat in a 2010 landslide and was reelected in 2012.  A single father with nearly 30 years of law-enforcement experience, Hull serves on the House Finance Committee. He has also been a member of the House Labor Committee and the state Lottery Commission.

``My years serving the people of District 6 have been incredibly rewarding,’’ Hull said in a news release.

``I’ve enjoyed every conversation, and every instance where I could make a positive change. I think their support has made me feel ready to consider a mayoral run, and I thank them for that,’’ added Hull.

Anthony Pesaturo of Delphi Research Associates, a Hull campaign consultant, says Hull ``isn’t naïve’’ and realizes that much of his decision will hinge on whether he can harvest political and campaign financed support.

Hull is a graduate of La Salle Academy and holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Roger Williams University and a master’s degree in administration of justice from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass. He has a daughter, Karina, who is a junior at La Salle and a son, Andres, who is scheduled to graduate from the University of Rhode Island in May with a degree in engineering.

Hull was a sometime police detail driver to former Mayor Vincent A. Cianci Jr., who is also considering a race for mayor this year. A multi-candidate race would likely be helpful to Cianci.

If elected, Hull would become Providence’s first African-American mayor.