EP At-Large Councilman Jim Briden Not Seeking Re-election. Capobianco Seeks Return to Council:
Both current at-large councilman Jim Briden and former at-large councilwoman Tracy Capobianco have released press statements on Saturday morning. Briden is also the Mayor, presiding over council meetings and representing the City at various functions.
"Since candidates are announcing early in EP for the next election, I have decided to make it known that I will not be seeking re-election to the At-Large City Council seat," said Briden.
"I like serving on the Council and especially enjoyed the recent Charter Review Commission experience. The members of the Commission made this a great success in creating proposed Charter amendments which will benefit our City over the next decade. The meetings also generated a renewed interest and involvement by residents in local government.
The platform of my last campaign also included promoting the objective of having East Providence make decisions in a fiscally conservative manner, based on choices to be made between limited resources and within the context of multi-year plans.
This is premised on the having an expanded time horizon. I believe that making decisions within the framework of a five year plan provides one with a necessary sense of perspective.
I believe that these objectives are being implemented in a way that is good for our City.
Suffice it to say, I continue to have an interest in government and would not rule out the possibility of running again for elected office in the future," said Briden.
Tracy Capobianco Statement:
"After much consideration and discussion with my family and friends, I have decided to formally announce my decision to run for the East Providence At-Large Council seat in November 2018. I am happiest when I am helping my community and serving the residents as a member of the Council is one way I can give back to my community," said Capobianco.
Capobianco was first elected to the city council for the 2012-2014 term. As a first time candidate for office, she swept into office by defeating her opponent by more than a 2-1 margin.
“First and foremost, I love my community. I was born and raised here, attended the East Providence schools and I’m a true Townie.” That was Tracy Capobianco’s response when asked in 2012 why she decided to run the first time. “I dislike dishonesty in politics and I think candidates should be able to run for office and have a positive interaction on the issues of the day,” she said back then.
Capobianco, a popular vote-getter was elected for a second time for the 2014-2016 term, without an opponent. When Capobianco finished her second term she decided to not run again. "It is just time for me to go in this direction," she said. "I intend to always help this great city when I can and will spend time helping those who I feel will do right for East Providence," she added.
"There are a lot of important issues facing East Providence now and in the near future. I've have stayed interested in city government and I believe that I can contribute once again," she said.