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Lombardi weighing run for seat held by Representative Tarro

January 17, 2012

Longtime former Providence City Councilor John J. Lombardi says he’s taking a close look at running for the House seat currently held by Michael A. 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.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. remo permalink
    January 17, 2012 3:37 pm

    Go for it, Mo. Swing the door wide open for Libby. You go, Mo!

  2. Sarah permalink
    January 22, 2012 7:40 am

    Woo-hoo… Ms. Kimzey is just what the doctor ordered… another socialist progressive in the ocean state… just wait til the special interests kick in to the $13K she’s already collected from her rich out-of-state relatives and friends in NJ and Texas… You Go Girl… betcha can’t wait to get up to Federal Hill and get busy on more confiscatory tax poicies like combined reporting, making the “one percent’ (are there are left here??) pay their “fair share.” I hope to God the people of Federal Hill and Olneyville wake up to this scam… before it’s too late… Calling John Lombardi or ANYONE out there… get busy… and heads up… make little ROUND PINK OR GREEN BUTTONS JUST LIKE LIBBY’S>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Gotta hand to those progressives… and gee, CHris and Art haven’t even kicked in yet!

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