A group calling itself “The Movement” will conduct a forum featuring potential mayoral candidates on Wednesday 6 p.m. at the Black Rock Library, 2705 Fairfield Avenue. Several possible candidates are jockeying to challenge two-term incumbent Democrat Bill Finch in 2015.
Forum participants appearing on a promotional flyer for the event include retired city police lieutenant David Daniels, Board of Education member Howard Gardner, 2011 mayoral candidate John Gomes, three-time mayoral candidate Charlie Coviello and former State Rep. Bob Keeley.
Former Mayor John Fabrizi, who’s been publicly quiet of late, has formed an exploratory committee for mayor. Two-time Republican mayoral candidate Enrique Torres, a city councilor, is also considering a run.
Candidates are expected to address taxes, schools, city finances and share their “vision for the city.”
Can any of them raise money? Can any inspire voters? Can they build organized opposition?
Finch will be well-financed for his reelection. If he wins a third term and completes four years he’ll be the second longest serving mayor behind Socialist Jasper McLevy, 1933-57. Former Mayor Joe Ganim is the second longest to serve.