Angel Taveras Resigns as Judge; Sets Sights on Providence Mayor’s Race

Angel Taveras submitted his letter of resignation Friday to Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline from the Providence Housing Court.  The Providence Journal reports the following:

Taveras, who unsuccessfully ran against U.S. Rep. James R. Langevin in 2000, says he is stepping down to respect the independence of the Housing Court as he intends to make an announcement about his political future next week.

“It’s important for the independence of the judiciary, and it’s important for folks to know that they are being treated fairly without an ulterior motive,” Taveras said by telephone.

In his letter, Taveras makes no mention of his political ambitions, but he does say how he “witnessed first-hand the challenges facing” Providence as a judge dealing with violations of the city’s housing and building codes.

He urged the mayor to utilize the state’s receivership process to rehabilitate boarded-up properties.

“The effects of the national economic crisis have left Providence with too many boarded-up properties and too many of our residents struggling to stay in their homes,” Taveras wrote. “In these difficult economic times, we must be creative and find new ways to address the economic crisis that our residents face.”

Taveras, 39, of 29 Elmcroft Ave., has said he is interested in the mayor’s office now that Cicilline is not seeking reelection and told court staff on Tuesday that this would be his last week on the bench.

“You’ll be hearing a lot from me shortly,” said Taveras, when pressed about his potential candidacy on Friday.

And WRNI reporter Ian Donnis reports this:

Expected Providence mayoral candidate Angel Taveras appears to be moving in that direction, as indicated by a post on his Facebook page:

Angel Taveras I sent my letter of resignation today from the Housing Court to Providence Mayor David Cicilline. As I begin a new path, I hope to find new ways to serve the people of our great city. Read my letter here: http://bit.ly/baDKNi

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