Taveras has teachers’ union, ed reform support as he eyes bid for governor

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Just three years after a national labor leader accused Providence Mayor Angel Taveras of trying to “crush unions,” political analysts say the first-term Democrat’s hopes of becoming governor may hinge on how much support he wins from organized labor.

Taveras, who succeeded David Cicilline as mayor in 2011, is widely expected to jump into next year’s race for governor, where he’s likely to square off against General Treasurer Gina Raimondo in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who recently became a Democrat, announced earlier this month he won’t seek re-election.

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  • Jim Donahue

    Tavares beats Raimondo in the primary so she runs as an independent and wins a la Chafee.

  • http://wpri George

    It will be interesting. Reality and math have shown the taxpayers and politicians that we have real problems with our pensions. Only unions continue to fight to bring the state down. There is no real choice that will give into the unions demands. If Taveras wins he’s going to continue the fight in court to uphold the pension reforms. Remember he and Fung stood side by side trying to get municipalities included in the historic reforms of 2011.

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