Sunday, September 15, 2013

Better know a politician: Angel Taveras

Name: Angel Taveras

Current position: Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island

Political party: Democratic

Tenure: 2011-present

Previous position: Associate Judge on Providence Housing Court, 2007-2010

Future position: Taveras has been mentioned as a potential candidate for the 2014 gubernatorial election in Rhode Island, especially with the announcement of Lincoln Chafee that he will not seek re-election in 2014.

Previous election: Angel Taveras received 82% of the vote in the 2010 Providence Mayoral election.

Polling results:

Public Policy Polling, January 18, 2013

Favorable: 63
Unfavorable: 21
Not sure: 16

Angel Taveras (D): 39%
Brenan Doherty (R): 35%
Ken Block (Moderate Party): 13%
Not sure: 13%

Angel Taveras (D): 37%
Allan Fung (R): 31%
Ken Block (M): 15%
Not sure: 17%

Gina Raimondo (D): 44%
Angel Taveras (D): 35%
Ernie Almonte (D): 9%
Not sure: 13%


Taveras has been a supporter of same sex marriage and presided over the first same sex marriages in Providence.  He has been a strong proponent of charter schools.  He went so far as to fire all of the teachers in Providence and later re-hiring them.  Taveras signed ordinances to limit the ability of the tobacco industry to sell in Providence.  The first one banned the sale of tobacco flavored products in the city; the second ordinance banned the redemption of coupons and multi-pack discounts that are there to circumvent state pricing restrictions.

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