Lorne Adrain


The Providence mayoral campaign has featured more twists and turns than a Grand Prix auto race. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay on what’s next in the run for City Hall.

This we know about Providence politics: One person’s backroom deal is another person’s noble gesture.

That is what voters will decide in the September 9 Democratic primary, when the favorite, City Council president Michael Solomon, faces off against Jorge Elorza, a law professor and political neophyte. (Perennial fringe candidate Christopher Young is also in the mix).


Just when you thought you knew the candidate field in the Providence mayoral campaign, things changed. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay’s thoughts on the capital city’s revised City Hall election.

Another week, another new twist in the Providence mayor campaign. The departure of independent Lorne Adrain from the race has set off a scramble for his supporters, most of whom hail from his home neighborhood on the city’s affluent East Side.


Lorne Adrain is leaving the Providence mayoral election in hopes that his departure gives a candidate other than former mayor Buddy Cianci a clearer path to victory.

In a statement, Adrain did not mention Cianci, but announced why he is ending his independent candidacy.

Heeeee’s back: Vincent A. `Buddy’ Cianci Jr., made official this afternoon what he has been talking about  for months,  that he will try for a Lazarus-like, unprecedented third comeback as Providence mayor, this time as an independent.

Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley joins Bonus Q+A to discuss his campaign and a host of other issues, including taxes, the city's economy, development, and more.

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Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley and guest panelist Tim White join Political Roundtable this week to discuss the race to replace Angel Taveras at City Hall; the debate over evaluating teachers; Richard Licht's nomination as a Superior Court judge; and other issues.

City Council President Michael Solomon has continued his pacesetting fundraising among Providence mayoral candidates, collecting more than $137,000 in the first quarter of 2014 to push his war chest past the $600,000 mark.

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Providence mayoral candidate Lorne Adrain joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss education, the economy, and a host of other issues related to the race for City Hall.

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Providence mayoral candidate Lorne Adrain joins the Roundtable this week to discuss his campaign; third-party spending in the race for governor; a proposal to offer a different kind of driver's license to undocumented immigrants; and John Robitaille's call for a wait-and-see approach to the GOP gubernatorial primary.

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Businessman and community activist Lorne Adrain on Monday formally entered the race for mayor of Providence, saying he'd try to move the city forward through a combination of partnerships, problem-solving and perseverance.

Adrain announced his run at the Friendship Cafe, an eatery operated by the Amos House shelter and whose staff includes formerly homeless individuals. He says he chosen the location as a sign of his commitment to the people of Providence.


Lorne Adrain plans to formally announce his campaign for mayor of Providence Monday.  Adrain is the latest in a string of candidates to join the race.

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.

Providence Mayoral Candidate Unveils Public Safety Plan

Dec 20, 2013

Providence mayoral candidate Brett Smiley unveiled a plan Thursday to improve public safety in the capital city.

Smiley wants to use a proposed 10 percent surcharge on gun and ammunition sales to bolster nonviolence programs. He said the legislature can be encouraged to pass that surcharge even though the General Assembly has been reluctant to pass new gun measures.

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Democratic businessman and lobbyist Brett Smiley formally launched his Providence mayoral campaign Tuesday morning, vowing to make Rhode Island's capital city a more equitable place. He also called for a supplemental tax on statewide gun and ammunition sales to fund expanded anti-violence efforts.

Speaking before an enthusiastic group of supporters at the Mount Hope Community Center on Camp Street, Smiley touted his progressive credentials while pledging progress in creating jobs and improving schools.