About The Uncaucus

The citizens of Providence will soon elect a new Mayor. It's a rare opportunity to rethink a lot of things. Being Mayor is a job. You are not just a voter: you are a hiring manager. And, we really need to find the right person for this gig.

The Uncaucus is encouraging a citizen-led search to hire a Mayor who will help us build a stronger city. Over the next nine months the Uncaucus will challenge assumptions about what it means to be mayor, invite candidates to apply and support broad civic participation in the selection process. (More…)

Wanted: Mayor

The Uncaucus has posted this job description to challenge assumptions about what it means to be Mayor and get more citizens involved in the hiring process.

Read the Job Description or Apply.

A Response to Christine West's Pre-Election Challenge: Why I Will Vote for Angel Taveras

After four months of quizzing the Providence mayoral candidates, attending debates, and talking with each, I have made my choice: I will vote for Angel Taveras on September 14*. 

For many of my peers, Angel was always the obvious choice.  Not for me.  I’ve been candid in my critique of all the candidates, Angel included.   All have delivered disappointing performances, glossed over issues, and at times relied on under-baked talking point filler to answer tough questions about the future of our city.  This is the nature of the campaign beast. Read more »

FINAL EXAM (Essay Portion): Who are you voting for in the primary, and why?

Primary elections are fast approaching and the general election will soon follow.  it's time to make up your mind!  

Uncaucus would like to invite everyone to share their reasons for selecting their candidate of choice to help others who may be on the fence.

The Day After: It Doesn't End with the Election!

Whoever wins the upcoming mayoral election, the citizens of Providence need to stay involved. Without our ongoing support (and watchful eyes), all of these candidates will fail to deliver the mayoral service Providence needs.  Please get out and vote on September 14.  No matter what happens, remember that our future cannot be just about the politicians or their elections.  Read more »

Tomorrow August 3rd: Candidate Breakfast with Jon Scott

Jonathan Scott is running as an independent for the Mayor of Providence and if you'd like to know more about him, tomorrow morning's event is your chance! Our continuing candidate breakfast series  offers a change to have a dialog with  candidates in an informal and neutral setting. Tomorrow, Tuesday August 3rd we will start the discussion at 8:30 am at the Friendship Cafe at 500 Broad Street. See you there!

Tomorrow, July 27: Coffee With Steven Costantino

Join us for a unique opportunity to talk with mayoral candidate Steven Constantino in an open forum with other residents. This is part of a series of morning get-togethers, each with a single candidate running for Mayor of Providence. These events are not affiliated with any candidate or party, and offer a rare chance to meet face-to-face with those running for local government to ask questions in an open forum. So be there!

July 27, 8:30am at the Friendship Cafe at 500 Broad Street.

Coffee With the Candidates Summary: Angel Taveras

Angel Taveras, mayoral candidate, presented last Wednesday at the first Uncaucus Coffee with the Candidates at the Friendship Café on Broad St. Coming from a immigrant family and making his way to Harvard and Georgetown Law, Mr. Taveras gave an idea to listeners on how his upbringing has influenced his values and political goals if elected mayor.

Born to Dominican immigrants, Taveras grew up in Providence. At age 7, his parents divorced and he credits his upbringing after to the strong women in his life-his sister and mother. His desire to pursue a career in law began in 3rd grade and continued leading him to Harvard and Georgetown for law school. After law school, Taveras worked in Washington D.C. serving people from all walks of life.

Returning to Providence, Taveras has now decided to run for mayor. His main points at the Uncaucus today revolved around education, unemployment, and the budget. Read more »

Coffee with the Candidates Continues on June 30

Join us on June 30 at 8:30am at the Friendship Cafe for coffee with John Lombardi.  This is the second in our series of "Coffee with the Candidates" meet ups (first was on June 23 with Angel Taveras).  The series offers a rare opportunity to meet the candidates on neutral turf and ask the tough questions.

The dates for the remaining meet-ups: June 30 - John Lombardi,  July 27 - Steven Costantino.

All at 8:30am at the Friendship Café, 500 Broad Street, Providence, RI 02907 - for more information about Friendship Café, call (401) 223-1700 or go to http://www.friendshipcaferi.com/

Hope to see you there!

Join Us for a Series of One-on-One Meet-ups with the Candidates

This is part of a series of morning get-togethers, each with a single candidate running for Mayor of Providence. These events are not affiliated with any candidate or party, and offer a rare chance to meet face-to-face with those running for local government to ask questions in an open forum.

Come ask, come listen, come learn.

The dates for the full series are: June 23 - Angel Taveras, June 30 - John Lombardi, July 27 - Steven Costantino.

All at 8:30am at the Friendship Café, 500 Broad Street #8b, Providence, RI 02907 - for more information about Friendship Café, call (401) 223-1700 or go to http://www.friendshipcaferi.com/ Read more »