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Solomon’s war chest towers over council colleagues ahead of big Monday fundraiser

December 4, 2012

As he prepares for a possible mayoral run in 2014, Providence City Council President Michael Solomon has a big fundraising edge over his 14 council colleagues.

Solomon’s war chest was reported at almost $114,000 in a third quarter filing with the state Board of Elections — up from $84,923 at the end of Q1.

The next closest campaign account belongs to Ward 12’s Terry Hassett, a possible secretary of state candidate in 2014, who had $33,471 on hand at the end of Q3.

Trailing behind at the end of Q3 were council Majority Leader Seth Yurdin ($22,081); Ward 6’s Michael Correia ($20,788); Ward 7’s John Igliozzi ($20,509); Ward 2’s Samuel Zurier ($13,276); Ward 14’s David Salvatore ($10,912); and Ward 15’s Sabina Matos ($2,588).

Four councilors had less than $1000 in their most recent campaign finance reports: Ward 13’s Bryan Principe, Ward 9’s Carmen Castillo, Ward 4’s Nicholas Narducci, and Ward 8’s Wilbur Jennings.

Three councilors are past due in filing their state campaign finance reports: Ward 11’s Davian Sanchez (going back to 2011); Ward 10’s Luis Aponte (going back to 2010); and Ward 3’s Kevin Jackson (going back to 2009).

Solomon will bulk up his war chest with a fundraiser this coming Monday, December 10, with a time at the Roger Williams Park Casino. The honorary committee for the event consists of Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse.

The council president is expected to make a run to succeed Taveras in 2014, if Taveras pursues a race for governor.

The notables on the host committee for the fundraiser include Andrew Annaldo, Buff Chace, House Speaker Gordon Fox, Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio, and many more.

Meanwhile, Buddy Cianci, the subject of periodic speculation about a possible mayoral run in 2014, has an inactive campaign account. It was dissolved in 2007.

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