Ricardo Mourato to Seek Ward 4 Council Seat
Former correctional officer and current Bristol Police Officer, Ricardo Mourato, has announced his intentions to seek the Ward 4 City Council seat now held by Brian Faria. "As a long time Riverside resident and an advocate for a unified council, I announce my candidacy for Ward 4 City Council," said Mourato's press release in late December.
"My goal is to campaign with a focus on restoring integrity and accountability. Not one citizen wants their taxes raised unnecessarily, so as a council, it is our responsibility to have the accountability and teamwork needed to come together for our residents. To do this we need to keep the citizens fully aware of what we are doing through the process," stated Mourato. "Let's keep residents informed every step of the way,” added Ricardo.
Mourato stated that he believes in restoring an adhesiveness in the council "that has been previously lost." Mourato cites his own career of professional law enforcement as a "career of managing, providing conflict resolution and putting integrity first." He has been in law enforcement for twenty (20) years. He was previously a correctional officer at Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls and is in his 17th year as a Bristol, RI police officer, currently a Sergeant.
"As a former President of the IBPO Local 304, (International Brotherhood of Police Officers) for four years and Treasurer for two years, I have helped to work through contract negotiations during low economic times which produced satisfying and sustainable results for both the city and officers," Mourato said.
Mourato's campaign announcement states that he has a "vested interest in East Providence and the Riverside community for many reasons." Mourato's release further stated that he and his wife Gigi, have lived in Riverside for over 20 years have two grown children who matriculated through the East Providence school system. Mourato is also a realtor and an accreditation manager and is currently a State Assessor. "I have conducted full restorations of homes in the Riverside area, in hopes to promote growth and vibrancy. Residents can reach me at 'FriendsofRicardoMourato@gmail.com' or via Facebook," he added.