Taveras to join growing field for governor

Ken Block

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is going to run for governor. A campaign spokesman said the Democrat will make a formal announcement on Monday.

It hardly comes as a surprise, as Taveras and state General Treasurer Gina Raimondo have been jockeying for months to be the Democrats' favorite.

Taveras released an internal poll in September that showed him leading Raimondo by 19 points, 49 to 30 percent.

A month later, a poll from Brown University showed Democratic primary voters favored Raimondo by 8 points, 42 to 34 percent.

Neither of these current officeholders has yet declared they are running for the governor's office.

Who has declared? Ken Block. He ran as a Moderate last time, but has made clear he is considering joining another party - but not the Democrats.

And this week, Todd Giroux announced he's running again. He was an independent candidate in 2010, but he is the first Democrat to announce this time around.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung is the Republican hope so far. He has said he will make an announcement a week from Monday. Fung has a clear shot at his party's nomination, unless Block decides to make it a contest.

The top three unannounced candidates, and their mystery party opponent, have all been raising money. Here's what they have on hand right now.

Raimondo is the big leader with $2,064,000.

Taveras has $693,000 on hand, but will be reporting a higher total in the next week or so.

Fung has $257,000.

Block, who has resources, is starting off at $74,000. Giroux reports $600 in his campaign chest.

As for wild cards: Clay Pell, the grandson of the late U.S Sen. Claiborne Pell, has made calls looking for support and indicated he's considering running for governor. He hasn't responded to NBC 10's phone calls.

Incumbent Gov. Lincoln Chafee isn't seeking re-election.