Democrat Brett Smiley, who hopes to win the endorsement of Congressman David Cicilline for his 2014 Providence mayoral campaign, says the fiscal problems inherited by Angel Taveras in early 2011 are mostly due to state cuts in local aid under former Republican governor Don Carcieri.
An educator who works in Central Falls has decided not to run for mayor of Providence. The decision by Victor Capellan leaves the field with just one Latino candidate.
Capellan is a longtime political activist who took steps to organize a campaign earlier this year. He said the demands of his job as a deputy school superintendent in Central Falls are why he’s pulling out of the race.
Central Falls educator Victor Capellan has folded the tent on his 2014 Providence mayoral run, leaving Jorge Elorza as the lone Latino candidate in the race.
Capellan, a longtime political activist, says Elorza didn't encourage him to leave the campaign. Yet it's clear that the departure, coming on the heels of Ward 15 Councilwoman Sabina Matos' decision last week to seek re-election, accrues to Elorza's benefit.
Providence City Council President Michael Solomon, a likely candidate for mayor next year, joins Bonus Q+A to talk about school, the economy, the vacant Superman Building and other issues facing Rhode Island's capital city.
As the $110 million deficit of January 2011 recedes in the rear-view mirror, Providence still faces sharp economic challenges. One of the most serious is how Rhode Island's capital city desperately needs a broader tax base, even as its highest-in-the-nation commercial taxes discourages the very economic development that would improve the situation.