PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and his wife Farah are expecting their second child in December, the couple told WPRI 12 in an exclusive interview.
Taveras’s wife, who is five months pregnant, is excited about her growing family, and said she stands by her husband, who is the mayor of Providence and a Democratic candidate for governor.
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“It’s been a big challenge and I’m looking forward to it,” Farah Taveras said. “I see this as, he’s doing this for us, he’s doing this for the city, state, and for everyone.”
The couple, who married in December 2012, already have a two-year-old daughter, Farah Rose.
Mayor Taveras has campaigned heavily on trying to bring more jobs to the Ocean State, which is still facing the highest unemployment level in the nation, and “restoring hope in Rhode Island.”
“I want people to believe that better days are ahead, that we are a great state and can accomplish great things,” he said.
If the Providence Democrat achieves a victory at the polls, he already has a clear vision of how he wants to put his stamp of success on the State House.
“It would really revolve around creating opportunities for people – the perfect day would be cutting the ribbon on several Rhode Island businesses,” Taveras said. “A perfect day would be a day without crime of having to be a victim of crime.”
Looking ahead to the future, the mayor said that as his family grows, he plans to one day enroll his children in Providence Public Schools, and said he is proud of the district’s progress during his term as mayor.
The primary for governor is Sept. 9. Taveras is facing three other Democrats, General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, former Obama administration official Clay Pell and Todd Giroux. The Republican candidates are Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and Barrington businessman Ken Block.