UPDATE: Paula McFarland provides a comment below in which she gives us the update on last night’s Democratic city committee meeting, where it looks like Charlene Lima and Peter Palumbo are not seeking the mayoral nomination, and Cindy Fogarty, Dan Beardsley, and Mario Carlino are in the running. Paula also reaffirms her interest in running for Cranston School Committee.
Via Rhode Island’s Future, we learn that Paula McFarland is ruling out a run for Mayor of Cranston, citing the issue of lack of funding for the campaign. Matt Jerzyk posted the following statement, which I assume is from the Democratic City Committee in Cranston:
…During these fifteen years Paula has served as a community leader, an advocate, an organizer, a taxpayer, a resident and your neighbor in the City of Cranston. This is the same place where Paula continues to deeply care about the issues and envisions a democratic platform that will create change in the next couple of years, which is so desperately needed and critical to the future of Cranston.
So the action of the Cranston Democratic City Committee must be to move quickly to decide upon a mayoral candidate, as it is extremely imperative. A strong leader is vital to any campaign, as our candidate must begin to campaign rather quickly. He or she will have to raise an enormous amount of money in a short time frame to run a successful mayoral campaign.
And since Paulaâ€™s ability to raise the necessary funds to run a successful mayoral campaign on behalf of the all the citizens of Cranston is not possible at this time, Paula today is announcing that she will withdraw her name for consideration by the Cranston Democratic Party Committee. Paula extends her support and organizational abilities to the Cranston Democratic Party Committee upon their choosing of the next democratic mayoral candidate.
To those who have offered Paula their support, encouragement and assistance she is truly honored. â€œSo many residents, business owners, friends and family wanted me to run for mayor that it has been inspirational. I am will continue to work tirelessly on your behalf and I am sure that I will actively look for an elective role that will help build Cranstonâ€™s future. May God bless all of you and â€œDUM VIGILO CUROâ€? (while I watch I care) over our City of Cranston,â€? declared Paula McFarland.
It’s disheartening to see how finance is so central to being able to run for election, especially when you consider the intrinstic value of a potential candidate like Paula in working for the city and knowing the history of the city over the past decade. There is all sorts of talk in this state about how we need more women in leadership, but the sad fact is that the money is not there to put qualified women on the ballot.