12 to Watch in 2012: Libby Kimzey
Friday, December 30, 2011
Kimzey, a student at Brown University and a community activist, announced in mid-December her candidacy for Providence's District 8 state representative seat that is currently held by first-term Rep. Michael Tarro. Before Tarro, the seat belonged to House Finance chairman Steven Constantino; the district in its current form includes Olneyville, the Valley neighborhood, and Federal Hill.
In taking on Tarro, Kimzey faces a staunch cultural challenge, as the district has clearly been run from the Federal Hill corner, but she's already poked at incumbent Tarro's weak spot, has he came under fire for his handling of the Grove Street School property, which was demolished in December. The property was owned by the Tarro family, which hoped to convert part of the land into a parking lot (Tarro was let go from his position as assistance city solicitor over the situation earlier in 2011).
Kimzey enjoys already enthusiastic support in the Valley and Olneyville, and as the campaign swings into gear, she'll show her mettle on the sidewalks of Federal Hill. Her campaign kickoff had some serious firepower, including State Rep. Teresa Tanzi (on whose campaign Kimzey worked in 2010), former State Rep. and prominent progressive David Segal, and Lauren Nocera, current chairwoman of the Providence Democratic Party.
The race is on, and this young challenger is one to watch in 2012.
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