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Mayoral candidates react to Cianci's announcement

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By Sean Cahill

Former Mayor of Providence Buddy Cianci announced today that for a third time, he will run for the office.

Some of the other candidates have released statements already in response to Cianci’s announcement.

Brett Smiley (D):

"Providence cannot afford to return to the corrupt politics of the past, and that is what Buddy Cianci's candidacy represents. Despite his many strengths, Cianci's time in office was characterized by widespread corruption, capped by his own conviction and jail sentence on charges of racketeering. I've been very clear to outline my vision for Providence along with detailed action plans to grow our economy, improve our schools, keep our streets safe and more, and I'll accomplish all of this with transparency and integrity rather than cash payments and back-room deals.

"As I've said before, you shouldn't have to know a guy to get something done in City Hall. And you certainly shouldn't have to pay a guy. If we want to turn the page on corruption in Providence, the last thing we should do is bring back the guy who wrote the book."

Michael Solomon (D):

“Over the last four years as Council President, I worked shoulder-to-shoulder with Mayor Taveras and together we moved the city from the brink of bankruptcy toward a path of sustained growth and opportunity.  My plan for Providence's future will continue this commitment to fiscal responsibility and transparency, rebuilding our schools, creating jobs, and investing in our neighborhoods.  Providence residents want to keep moving forward and I am the candidate with the experience and vision to continue improving our city.”

Lorne Adrain (I)

"Well I think the people of Providence are ready to move on to a different place and that's what's most important here."

Jorge Elorza (D)

"The race is gonna take a new dimension now our plan is we're gonna stay focused on our goals."

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