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Buddy Cianci to run for Mayor again

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By: Dee DeQuattro
Email: ddequattro@abc6.com
Twitter: @deedequattro

It’s official. Former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci will run for mayor of Providence in 2014.

The 73-year-old Cianci gave the go ahead to a supporter to file the candidate declaration form at the Providence Board of Canvassers around 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon. Cianci will run as an Independent.

He will face off against the winner of the Democratic Primary. City Council President Michael Soloman, Brett Smiley,and Jorge Elorza are facing off in the Democratic primary in September.

Lorne Adrian who was thought to be running as a Democrat has filed as an Independent as well.

Republican Daniel Harrop is also running for the office. A third independent, Jeffrey Edward Lemire has also filed.

Cianci announced his candidacy on his radio show on WPRO around 4 p.m. on Wednesday. He said he will "get things done " for the city.

Cianci has been speculating a run for several months now. He served as Mayor of Providence from 1975 to 1984 and again from 1991 to 2002.

Cianci resigned for the first time from office after pleading no contest to assaulting a contractor from Bristol who Cianci claimed was having an affair with his wife. He was reelected to the office in 1991.

In 2002, Cianci was forced to resign from office after he was convicted of racketeering in Operation Plunder Dome and sentenced to serve five years in federal prison.

Cianci is the longest standing mayor of the city of Providence and he never lost a mayoral election in the city.

Cianci was once a rising star in the Republican Party. He was invited to speak at the Republican Convention in 1976 but after losing his bid to become Governor of Rhode Island in 1980 Cianci left the Republican Party to become an independent.

Many credit Cianci with revitalizing the city and developing the downtown area. Cianci brought the Providence Bruins to the city and he is also credited with helping to advance the growth of PPAC and the skating rink downtown.

Effective immediately, Cianci will be on a leave of absence as political analyst at ABC6 while he runs for office.

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