The recent news that Sen. Juan Pichardo is bypassing the Mayor’s race and supporting Angel Taveras has changed the Mayoral calculus quite a bit.
- Angel Taveras – RUNNING – This Mt. Pleasant candidate has a great story: from Head Start to Harvard. Ran for Congress in 2000 in his first election bid and won an impressive number of votes. In the last ten years, he built a successful law practice and served as a Housing Court Judge. Can easily build the Ward 5 / East Side / South Side coalition that Cicilline used to win in 2002. More here.
- Councilman John Lombardi – RUNNING – already has a website up and running. Only 50k in the bank though. He’s announcing on February 15th. More here.
- Rep. Steve Costantino – RUNNING – currently House finance chair, looking at a run for Treasurer or Mayor. Pundits are saying that it’s going to be a tough environment for him to run in considering the recent State cuts to city education aid. However, he can raise money quickly and he has citywide name recognition. More here.
- Andrew Annaldo – THINKING ABOUT RUNNING– the current Board of Licenses chairman is rumored to be thinking about putting a significant amount of money into the race. More here.
- Myrth York – THINKING ABOUT RUNNING–This former state senator and gubernatorial nominee has the name recognition and the financial resources to be a top contender right away. More here.
- Joe Paolino – THINKING ABOUT RUNNING – Former Mayor lost in 2002 to now-Mayor David Cicilline by a margin of 52% to 34%. More here.
- Ari Matusiak – – THINKING ABOUT RUNNING – Housing and health care advocate; ran statewide housing ballot initiative; ability to raise fast money.
- John Kelly – THINKING ABOUT RUNNING– Ran and lost for HD-10 a few months back to Scott Slater.
- Rep. David Segal – THINKING ABOUT RUNNING– young, aggressive, progressive with a broad base of support. Seriously considering a bid for US Congress.
- Kevin Jackson – THINKING ABOUT RUNNING- Ward 3 councilman has a strong reputation as a youth and a sports advocate and is well-liked in the African-American community. Running for re-election to the Council in Ward 3.
- Sen. Juan Pichardo – THINKING ABOUT RUNNING– has mayoral ambitions and a large base in South Providence. More here. Running for re-election. Read statement here.
- Councilman Michael Solomon – THINKING ABOUT RUNNING – represents large turnout Ward 5; small business owner; would have significant support from Council members. Can raise money quickly and has citywide name recognition. More here. Councilman Solomon is planning on running for re-election and working towards winning the Council Presidency.
- Councilman Terry Hassett – Smith Hill councilman and current majority leader. He emailed me to say that he is going to run for re-election on the Council and focus on the serious financial crisis facing the city.
- Luis Aponte – former Council majority leader and well-known latino leader. He will run for re-election and is building a coalition for the Council Presidency.