In a move to fill the late-in-campaign departure of a key staffer, Angel Taveras' gubernatorial team has made a veteran of Rhode Island politics, Ani Haroian, its field director, RIPR has learned.
Haroian will take over the role left open by the exit of Whitney Larsen, for a job with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) working on a high-profile US House race in Colorado.
Haroian previously served as director of community relations and deputy chief of staff for Taveras at Providence City Hall. She was previously a top aide for former attorney general Patrick Lynch and for David Cicilline, during his tenure as mayor of Providence. Haroian has also been an activist with the Rhode Island Democratic Party.
Word of Larsen's departure came with less than three weeks until the September 9 primary, when Taveras will square off against better-funded Democratic opponents, Gina Raimondo and Clay Pell.