Just days after Election Day, GoLocalProv has already started looking toward 2014 and has some predictions. The news site has named 15 Rhode Island politicians to watch in 2014 – among them is State Senator Dawson Hodgson of North Kingstown.
Hodgson – a Republican who also serves East Greenwich, South Kingstown and Narragansett – was elected to his second term this week with 58 percent of the vote.
According to GoLocalProv:
State Republicans will be licking their wounds for some time, but if they want to be successful in Rhode Island, they might want to build the party around this rising star. Hodgson is fiscally conservative and socially liberal and has earned the respect of his Democratic colleagues in the State Senate. If he can build on his name recognition, the Republican may be a sleeper in 2014.
Also on GoLocalProv's list is State General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, whom they have named one of RI's most popular politicians and could be a solid challenger if she launches a run for governor. GoLocal also predicts that Republican Brendan Doherty could also be a formidable opponent for Governor.
As a wild card, GoLocalProv has named former Providence mayor Buddy Cianci.