2014 providence mayoral race

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Today is Columbus Day, the holiday honoring  explorer Christopher Columbus. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why it’s the day political calendar signals crunch time in the Providence mayoral race.

As revelers feast on sausage and peppers and celebrate Rhode Island’s storied Italian-American culture  on Federal Hill, the three candidates vying to be the capital city’s mayor will be stumping for votes.

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Providence Republican mayoral candidate Daniel Harrop joins Political Roundtable to talk about his campaign; the outlook for Jorge Elorza and Buddy Cianci; the intensifying battle between Gina Raimondo and Allan Fung; and the state Board of Elections' decision in favor of the RI Democratic Party.

Republican Providence mayoral candidate Daniel Harrop joins Bonus Q+A this week to talk about the race for City Hall, including whether he'll get out of the race to help Jorge Elorza, and whether concerns about Buddy Cianci winning the race are hurting Elorza's fundraising.

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Providence mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci is walking back an earlier assertion that he won’t take campaign contributions from city employees. Rival candidate Jorge Elorza is calling on Cianci to return about $18,000 in donations from city employees.

This is Cianci speaking during a September 17 debate, sounding unequivocal. While criticizing the amount of openness at City Hall, he rejected the idea of accepting city employees’ campaign contributions.

"There’s been no transparency and by the way, I haven’t taken a dime from any city worker nor do I intend to."

Providence mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci held a news conference Thursday morning at Neutaconkanut Hill to unveil endorsements from 24 past and current elected officials.

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The main candidates in the race for Providence Mayor faced off Wednesday night in a debate at Moses Brown School.  The forum focused on education, and Rhode Island Public Radio's political analyst Scott MacKay was there.  He joined Rhode Island Public Radio host Elisabeth Harrison to discuss their positions.

Jorge Elorza’s Providence mayoral campaign has garnered an important endorsement from a leader of the city’s African-American community – State Sen. Harold Metts.

In what Metts said was a ``soul-searching’’ decision, Metts said, ``I have concluded that we need a mayor who can bring all neighborhoods together, with the leadership and vision to move beyond personal agendas and do what is best for our city. That is why I am supporting Jorge Elorza for mayor.’’

Providence Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza's campaign raised $198,084 from 684 contributors during the most recent filing period and has a balance of $161,695.

In a statement, Elorza said, “The outpouring of support for my campaign has been overwhelming. I am honored to have such strong support from people across our city and beyond who believe in our vision for taking Providence in a new direction and are committed to winning this election.”

Elorza, the Democratic mayoral nominee, has picked up two building trades union endorsements – Ironworkers Local 37 and the International Painters and Allied Trades District Council 11.

``Jorge understands the challenges working families face and he has a plan to create good-paying blue collar jobs in Providence,’’ said Scott Duhamel, business representative of UPAT District 11. ``Jorge will act with a sense of urgency to take Providence in a new direction that benefits every resident in every neighborhood. We look forward to helping him win on November 4.’’

With just over a month until Election Day, the post-primary lull is rapidly fading into the past. So thanks for stopping by, feel to send your tips and thoughts my way at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go:

Providence Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss his campaign with rival Buddy Cianci; Providence's economy; the minimum wage; how to win the South Side, and much more.

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Buddy Cianci and Jorge Elorza each claimed on Friday that they'd do a better job in reducing crime and improving public safety in Providence.

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Providence Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his campaign for City Hall; concerns about public safety in Providence; Republican criticism of state Democratic Party spending on an ad featuring Gina Raimondo; and the flap over Raimondo's support of reproductive rights.

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With five weeks until Election Day, the three candidates running to be the next mayor of Providence squared off during a televised debate last Tuesday.  Front runners Buddy Cianci and Jorge Elorza emphasized their competing messages.

Republican candidate Daniel Harrop provided the best laugh line during the one-hour skirmish at Rhode Island College when he was asked whether he’ll still be in the race on November 4th.

Democrat Jorge Elorza plans to stand in front of Asa Messer Elementary School on Monday to unveil his vision for the city of Providence. His announcement outside the school he once attended comes after the Providence Teachers Union endorsed Independent Buddy Cianci on Saturday in the race for Providence Mayor.

The teachers union says Cianci understands the needs of the district.

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