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NEW: Elorza Hires Taraborelli as Communications Director

Thursday, May 08, 2014


John Taraborelli

Jorge Elorza has announced the hiring of John Taraborelli as Communications Director for his mayoral campaign -- as well as number of other staff additions.

Taraborelli was most recently the Special Projects Manager at Providence Media, publishers of Providence Monthly and East Side Monthly. He is an award-winning journalist and graduate of Leadership Rhode Island’s Zeta II class of 2010. He is also the organizer of Pecha Kucha Providence, a monthly forum for sharing ideas.

Additional Staff Changes Announced

Other new hires include Field Director Kristina Fox and Deputy Field Director Charon Rose. All three are Rhode Island natives.

Fox co-founded the newly reconstituted Young Democrats of Rhode Island and currently serves on that organization’s board. She was previously the Director of Organizing for Ocean State Action, and is a 2014 New Leaders Council Fellow. 

Rose comes to the Elorza team after a decade at Women & Infants Hospital. She is a New Leaders Council board member and incoming co-director, as well as a board member for the Black and Latino Community Partnership. 

“We are recruiting young, dynamic talent to further our mission of uniting One Providence,” said Elorza. “With emerging leaders like Kristina, Charon, and John joining our team we’re going to bring fresh perspectives and new energy into this campaign.”

Fox and Rose join Campaign Manager Marisa O'Gara, Finance Director Jordan Day, and Campaign Coordinator Juan Espinoza on Elorza's staff.

Campaign Co-Chairs Named

Elorza also announced five campaign co-chairs.

They are: Phil West, former pastor and retired head of Common Cause Rhode Island; Marie Langlois, board member of the Rhode Island Foundation; John Kelly, Meeting Street School Chief Executive Officer and President; Central Falls Deputy School Superintendent Victor F. Capellan, who considered joining the Providence mayoral race earlier this year; and Lorraine Lalli, who graduated from Classical High School with Elorza in 1994 and teaches with him at the Roger Williams University School of Law.

Stan Israel, formerly of SEIU 1199, also join’s Elorza’s team as labor co-chair.

“We are so grateful to have the support of these respected community leaders,” said Elorza. “Their wisdom and experience will elevate this campaign to new heights, and we stand united in our belief that our city will rise and succeed as One Providence.”  













Related Slideshow: Providence 2014 Mayoral Candidates’ Top Priorities

See the issues of top concern to Providence Mayoral candidates Lorne Adrain, Jorge Elorza, Dan Harrop, Brett Smiley, and Michael Solomon -- and if elected, what their highest priority would be. 

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Adrain - Top Issue

"Everything starts with the economy.  Real progress will happen when Providence becomes more economically competitive and jobs are being created so that everyone benefits. Schools, neighborhoods and opportunities for all will be improved when our economy takes off."

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Adrain - Administration

"The top priority in an Adrain Administration would be to create meaningful and long lasting economic change.  This is the biggest challenge facing Providence and my experience allows me to help lead Providence's economic recovery." 

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Elorza - Top Issue

"Providence must be a city of opportunity where businesses choose to locate, where graduates choose to stay, and where families choose to raise their children."

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Elorza - Administration

"My top priority is to make Providence that city and to create opportunities-- strong schools, good jobs, and safe communities-- that will allow families in every one of our neighborhoods to thrive."

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Harrop - Top Issue

"City finances: $600 million deficit in pension plan, $1billion deficit in benefits plan, reductions -- because of finances -- in police causing public safety concerns (down 75 from several years ago, when the academy graduates at the end of the year, given further retirements, we will really only be back up about 20-25 new officers), reduced ambulance runs, potholes, crumbling schools, etc., etc."

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Harrop - Administration

"Getting the unions into the office and reminding them, again, the city cannot pay the pensions it has promised.  Again, the GOP said this 8 years ago, and we were right, the Democrats wrong.  We are saying this again (this time, the Dems are silent -- interpret that as you will -- I interpret it that they know we are right, but they have problems admitting their complicity in this problem). We can further negotiate reductions, or move to receivership.  Until we acknowledge we cannot pay the pensions, we will be unable to come up with the money for any and all of the spending programs the Democrats are proposing.  Further increasing the highest commercial tax rates in the nation is not the answer, and only further depresses the city's economic fortunes."

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Smiley - Top Issue

"The most pressing issue facing Providence is our economic well-being, and that's why I've made job creation and economic development a centerpiece of my campaign. We've certainly made progress over the past few years and I'm grateful for the work Mayor Taveras has done to bring us back from the verge of bankruptcy, but we're not out of the woods yet."

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Smiley - Administration

"With little left to cut and nothing left to tax, my top priority will be to grow the economy and make City Hall a place where anybody, regardless of whether they "know a guy," can easily start or grow a business."

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Solomon - Top Issue

"The most pressing issue is economic development, and there are several components to this: creating jobs, growing our middle class and ensuring that every child has access to a good school. As a small business owner, I understand the challenges of running a business. I want to make it easier to do business in Providence. As City Council President, I've taken on those challenges by supporting a freeze on the commercial tax rate and moving the permitting process online, making it easier for developers to do business. I also want to rebuild our middle class and improve education, goals that can be achieved through my plan - "Rebuilding Providence" - which will invest $250 million to create 2,000 jobs and rebuild our schools."

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Solomon - Administration

"As Mayor, my top priority will be creating a city with opportunity for all. I will work together with everyone in the community to rebuild Providence's middle class, create jobs and strengthen our schools. I believe the people who know best how to improve our neighborhoods are the people in living in them. As Mayor, I won't be stuck behind a desk at City Hall. I'll be a Mayor in the neighborhoods, working hand in hand with the community to rebuild Providence."


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