OSPRI Chairman Running for Providence Mayor

OSPRI board chairman Dr. Dan Harrop is running for the mayor of Providence. Here are the key excerpts from The Providence Journal news story:

PROVIDENCE — A former Republican mayoral candidate said on Monday that he is forming an exploratory committee and building a campaign war chest as he prepares for another mayoral run, while a prominent state senator told supporters he will not be the city’s first Latino mayoral candidate.

Dr. Daniel S. Harrop III, 55, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2006, says he plans to make formal an announcement the week of March 22. … Harrop is a city psychiatrist, finance chairman of the state Republican Party, and was recently appointed board president of the Ocean State Policy Research Institute, a conservative Providence think tank. He says his campaign will focus on pension reform, addressing the city’s structural deficit and public education.

He also says he has loaned his campaign $150,000 and has been fundraising the past six months with the expectation that he would run for mayor. He had $24,254 in his campaign account at the end of 2009.

“The city needs fresh blood, an outsider. What you have now is a group of insiders that will not give you a fresh perspective and make the difficult decisions,” Harrop, who has never held public office, said of the other potential mayoral candidates.

The East Side resident would join a growing list of declared and potential candidates for mayor now that incumbent Mayor David N. Cicilline says he will run for Congress rather than reelection. In his 2006 run, Harrop received 6,381 votes to Cicilline’s 32,202.

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