EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci (see-AN'-see) says he's making a comeback bid to run Rhode Island's capital city again, 12 years after being sent to prison for corruption.
Cianci announced Wednesday on his radio show that he's running for mayor, shortly before a 4 p.m. filing deadline. He says he made the decision with "much soul-searching and reflection."
Cianci was the city's longest-serving mayor, serving 21 years and elected six times. He was twice forced to resign due to felony convictions, in 1984 for assaulting a man he believed was having an affair with his estranged wife, and in 2002, when he was sent to prison for racketeering conspiracy.
Cianci previously won office as a Republican and independent. This time, he is running as an independent.