Be Informed, Voters
The election this year is one of the most important for East Providence in a long while because the person elected as our first mayor will shape what that office will be. He or she will be the face of the city to the rest of the state and to the country. The mayor needs to be a capable and inspiring leader who can get the council, city staff and citizens to work together to make East Providence the best possible place to live and work. We will no longer have a professional city manager, so the mayor will need administrative ability and financial experience as well as leadership skills.
The voters will choose who becomes our first mayor. To do that, they need information about the qualifications of the various candidates. What is their educational background? Have they studied public administration or other subjects relevant to the job? What is their experience? Have they managed large organizations? Will the candidate be able to bring people together, not only on the council, but also citizens to work to make the city function as it should? East Providence is the fifth largest city in the state, with a history of contention in the council. Creating cooperation will not be easy.
We urge you to ask each candidate to answer these questions about his or her educational background and experience in an article in the East Providence Reporter. We need good will, but we also need people with the skills to do the job, and we need to see these qualifications next to each other to be able to compare one candidate with the next
League of Women Voters of Rhode Island