Gay Providence Mayor
Runs for Congress
By Julie Bolcer, from
the Web, February 14, 2010
David Cicilline, the gay mayor of
Providence, Rhode Island, announced Saturday that he will run for the
congressional seat to be vacated by Rep. Patrick Kennedy.
GayPolitics.com, intense competition is expected to surround the race for
the Democratic nomination.
”The two-term mayor began to consider running after U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy
(D-R.I.) shocked political observers by announcing he would not run for
reelection this year,” reports GayPolitics.com. “Kennedy, son of the late
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, was first elected to the seat in 1994. Cicilline
will face state Democratic Party Chair William Lynch, who also announced his
candidacy, and could face a number of other contenders.”
Cicilline, 49, was elected mayor in 2002. He would become the fourth
openly gay member of the U.S. House of Representatives, if elected to the seat.