Providence's Potential Mayor

East side candidates for mayor, House, Senate and City Council


With this year’s June 25 filing deadline approaching, emails and press announcements continue to arrive at our office from potential East Side candidates. In case you’re keeping score, here’s what we know so far:

For mayor, the field is pretty well set. On the Democratic side there is businessman Lorne Adrain, Housing Court Judge Jorge Elorza, State House lobbyist Brett Smiley, City Council President Michael Solomon, and, most likely, perennial candidate Chris Young.

On the Republican side there’s East Side psychiatrist Dan Harrop. And then of course there’s Buddy Cianci. Yes, we’ve heard the stories that he is running. But who knows for sure or even which party banner he’d choose. It certainly hasn’t taken long for candidates to emerge for Gordon Fox’s soon to be vacated House seat in District 4.

Three Democrats have already announced: Community activist Aaron Regunberg, Miriam Ross, an attorney who ran four years ago for Rhoda Perry’s Senate seat and Heather Tow-Yick, who heads the local Teach for America program. On the State Senate side, former television reporter and now real estate agent Chris Wall has announced he will challenge incumbent Gayle Goldin. We haven’t heard of anyone taking on City Council incumbents Seth Yurdin, Sam Zurier or State Rep Chris Blazejewski yet. It promises to be a busy political season. Watch for that political sign coming to a lawn near you soon.