Providence City Councilman Cliff Wood, who has decided not to run for re-election, says he will keep the door open to a return to politics. "I'm hanging 'em up for now," he tells N4N. "I'm 40."
Wood says that if he returned, he'd run for something other than council. Asked whether he'd consider a run for mayor, he demurred. He says he supports Angel Taveras' bid for the mayoralty - and hopes Taveras holds the office for eight years. But he declined to rule out a post-Taveras campaign for the seat.
Wood, who cited personal reasons for his decision to step down, was once a Cicilline aide and was viewed as an ally of the administration for much of his time in office. When Cicilline decided to run for Congress this year rather than seek re-election, Wood's name surfaced in the mayoral sweepstakes, but he never entered the race.
Wood, an East Side Democrat, says he believes he is "leaving the seat in good hands," referring to the candidacy of Sam Zurier, a lawyer, Rhodes Scholar, and former Providence School Board member. Wood said he let Zurier know, in advance, of his intentions and was pleased to see Zurier was interested in the seat.
Wood cites the overhaul of Nathan Bishop Middle School as his proudest accomplishment.