Lombardi weighing run for seat held by Representative Tarro
Tarro, a Democrat, is already facing a primary challenge from a young progressive, Libby Kimzey. Her campaign announced over the weekend it raised almost $13,800 between December 20 and December 31. (Tarro had a campaign balance of $452 in his most recent filing, last October 31.)
Lombardi placed second to Angel Taveras in the 2010 Providence mayoral race. He first won election to the city council in 1984 and remained there until after his losing run for mayor.
While Democrats Lombardi and Steven Costantino split votes from overlapping areas of support in 2010, Lombardi dismisses the possibility that his entry in the race would benefit Kimzey. “I give the voters more credit,” he says. “It would be experience versus the lack thereof.”
Lombardi says he’s not in a hurry to make a decision on whether to run; he feels his level of recognition makes an early start less important.
Meanwhile, Kimzey is pointing to her fast fundraising start as an auspicious sign:
“I am looking forward to talking with all my neighbors,” said Kimzey, “I want hear their priorities and concerns, and what they expect of their state government. I will be the accessible, responsive State Representative they deserve.”
Tarro also has his own share of supporters. In 2010, Senator Jack Reed took the somewhat unusual step of helping to raise money for Tarro in a contested legislative primary.