City has third Mayoral Candidate: James Russo to Run
East Providence has a third announced candidate for its first-ever elected full time Mayor. Chairman of the East Providence Charter Review Commission, Jim Russo, has sent out a social media message that he will run for the job. Russo is an attorney and former Assistant City Solicitor.
"In recent weeks, I have received inquiries as to whether I was going to run for the office of Mayor of the City of East Providence in 2018. To answer this question before the holiday season gets into full swing and end any speculation, I have decided to run and will formally announce my candidacy for this office in mid-to-late January. In the meantime, I will be doing the usual things candidates do before this type of event; building a campaign team, fundraising, etc.," said the statement by Russo. "I would like to express my sincere thanks to all those who encouraged me to run and provided their counsel in helping me make this decision. Your support and friendship mean the world to me."
Russo joins two previously announced candidates, Bob DaSilva and Nicholas Oliver. The election will be held in November of 2018. East Providence voters have overwhelmingly approved a change in its form of government. Moving from a five-member city council and an appointed City Manager to a full time elected Mayor, the city will soon operate similar to others with an elected Mayor like Providence, Warwick, Cranston, etc. The five member council will remain but with a different role.
Russo was Chairman of the Charter Commission which set forth provisions and guideline recommendations for the new Mayor's office. Russo also was former Chief of Staff for US Congressman Bob Weygand and was Weygand's Chief of Staff when Weygand was Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor.