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The Scoop: Taveras Confirms Gov. Run, GOP Reacts to Block; More

Monday, October 28, 2013


Welcome to The Scoop, the 4 p.m. report on everything politics in Rhode Island – the inside daily report exclusively on GoLocalProv.com.

Taveras Confirms Run for Governor

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras formally declared his candidacy for governor of Rhode Island this morning at the Meeting Street School in Providence—becoming the first major Democrat to enter the 2014 race. If elected, Taveras would become Rhode Island’s first Latino governor.

Democratic state Treasurer Gina Raimondo has stated she’s considering running, but has not made an official announcement. A recent Brown University poll showed Raimondo leading Taveras in a potential Democratic gubernatorial primary 42% to 34%.

GoLocal first reported earlier this month that Clay Pell, grandson of six-term Rhode Island senator Claiborne Pell, is also weighing a run for governor.

Bristol businessman Todd Giroux, an Independent candidate for governor in 2010, recently announced that he would seek the Democratic nomination in 2014.

Ken Block, who GoLocal reported this morning will run as a Republican in 2014, is the only official candidate on the GOP side. In 2010, Block ran for governor representing the Moderate Party, the party which he founded.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, who announced an exploratory committee for governor last month, is also expected to enter the race.

Taveras, a former lawyer and graduate of Harvard University, has enjoyed impressive favorability rating during his tenure as mayor—including possessing the highest approval rating amongst any public official in the state, according to Brown University’s latest polling.

Despite high favorability ratings, Taveras has courted controversy over issues involving the mass firing of 2,000 teachers in 2011 and the recent closure at the Davey Lopes recreation center in Providence.

Prior to becoming mayor, Taveras served as an Associate Judge on the Providence Housing Court from 2007 to 2010.

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