First to Announce for Mayor - Bob DaSilva
The first announced candidate to be East Providence's first elected Mayor is Bob DaSilva. DaSilva, a police Captain in Pawtucket, has been active in local government, community groups and youth sports. DaSilva was one of several persons, identified by The Reporter in an earlier story as a potential candidate to become East Providence's first-ever Mayor. The election is slated for November, 2018. Campaign publicist Shana Autiello released a statement making DaSilva's announcement official:
"Veteran law-enforcement officer, experienced public servant and community volunteer Roberto “Bob” DaSilva today announced his intention to run for Mayor of East Providence in the city’s first-ever mayoral election in November 2018. DaSilva will formally announce his candidacy at a campaign kickoff event, open to the public and media, later this month (further details will be released in the coming weeks).
“It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I announce my candidacy for Mayor of East Providence. Today, more than any other moment in our city’s history, East Providence residents need and deserve a leader who will unite us and embody the virtues of Townie Pride,” said DaSilva. “Honesty, accountability and strong work ethic – those are the values I live by and the standards I will bring to the office of mayor.”
"Bob is a former Rhode Island State Representative for District 63 in East Providence and Pawtucket, and is a Police Captain with the Pawtucket Police Department where he has served as a police officer since 1993. Bob has a proven record of government and municipal leadership, coupled with legislative accomplishments and advocacy across local and state levels," said Autiello's press release. "DaSilva believes he is best prepared to lead the city during this pivotal time," said the campaign statement. “This election presents an unprecedented opportunity for East Providence residents to finally realize the city government we deserve,” continued DaSilva. “As Mayor, I will answer and be accountable to the residents of East Providence. I will work to attract new businesses to invigorate our economy; protect current small businesses that make our city great; and focus on issues that impact our residents’ quality of life."
"Bob is known for his active involvement and steadfast commitment to East Providence’s youth. In 2016 DaSilva was one of the founding members of the nonprofit East Providence Youth Soccer Association (EPYSA) and currently serves as its president," added the campaign release.
DaSilva, 48, earned a B.S. in Administration of Justice from Roger Williams University. He is married to Anna Karina and they have two sons, Donovan and Dorian.