Bob Britto Announces His Candidacy for Rhode Island State Senate-District 18
Three-term city council member & current council President seeks Senate seat
East Providence City Council President Robert Britto has announced his candidacy for the Rhode Island State Senate-District 18 seat. The seat is currently held by first term Senator Cynthia Mendes. Mendes, however, will not be seeking re-election to her Senate seat as she has announced her candidacy to be Rhode Island’s Lt. Governor. Mendes was elected to the Rhode Island Senate on November 3, 2020, in an upset over veteran Senator William Conley.
Robert Britto currently serves as the City Councilman for Ward 1 Rumford and City Council President for the City of East Providence. He has served as the Ward 1 City Councilman since 2014, and after the completion of this term, he will have completed three terms on the East Providence City Council.
The Britto campaign announcement stated that Britto “… supported the charter change that introduced the strong mayor form of government after the hiring and firing of 3 City Managers and 2 Interim City Managers in the first four years of his time on the council. Britto voted in favor of increasing teachers’ salaries without a contract in his first term and advocating for an increase from 2-year to 4-year terms for city council members. He has hosted many constituent meetings to address various Ward 1 concerns. Bob has always been available to constituent needs, issues and problems. Always willing to listen, he weighs the many facets of problems facing the city before choosing a course of action,” said the statement.
“I plan to focus on Economic Development, Mental Health Awareness, Affordable Housing and Educational Funding as a State Senator,” added Britto.
Britto has a B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Business Administration from Stonehill College and has almost 40 years’ experience in Business Administration. He is currently employed as a design and construction specialist for Rhode Island Housing.
Britto, 57 and his wife Danielle and their four children have made their home in Rumford for the past 23 years. Their 4 children have attended Myron J. Francis Elementary School, Providence Country Day School and East Providence High School.
The Britto statement added that “as a resident, Bob has volunteered for many organizations. He coached the (former) Mohawks football program, St. Martha’s Church CYO basketball team, PCD Middle School Boys’ basketball and high school girls’ basketball teams. He is a parishioner of St. Martha’s Church where he also volunteers.”
“As a member of the Rhode Island Senate, Bob pledges to continue serving those he represents in an open and transparent manner. He will bring his wealth of experience, his incredible work ethic and high moral character to the office of State Senator-District 18.”