Taveras next mayor of Providence, Chafee ’75 P’14 wins in tight gubernatorial race, Cicilline ’83 scores House seat

Two hours after polls closed in Lil’ Rhody, the results are in.

Democrats made a big sweep of the Ocean State, picking up both House seats — incumbent Jim Langevin held his own and outgoing Providence Mayor David Cicilline ’83 picked up Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s seat.

In a four-way race, tight until the last minute, former U.S. Senator and independent candidate Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14 scored the governor’s mansion. Incumbent Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts ’78 held onto her seat.

Angel Taveras won mayor of Providence in a landslide. He took the stage at the Providence Biltmore under applause, camera flashes and upbeat Spanish-language music. “Gracias a todos,” said a smiling Taveras, who will be Providence’s first Latino mayor. “This is a historic victory for our team.” He credited the Democratic Party for permitting the son of a Dominican immigrant family to triumph in the race. Taveras also touted the city’s diverse ethnic makeup, and said Providence’s rich cultural mix as a crucial reason for his decision to run. But he struck a more somber tone when discussing the stark tests facing the state capital. “Challenges will require decisive actions,” Taveras added. “As goes Providence, so goes Rhode Island.”

In the State General Assembly, Democrat Rhoda Perry P’91 held onto her District 3 Senate seat.

Democrat Chris Blazejewski picked up the District 2 state representative seat, and incumbent Democrat Edith Ajello held onto her District 3 slot.

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