Elorza Moves Forward after Mayoral Victory

 By Matt Blanchette


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The Mayor elect of Providence wasted no time getting down to business. Jorge Elorza conquered two–time mayor Buddy Cianci on Tuesday and was back out with voters early Wednesday morning. Elorza transformed from a political newcomer and single person in a crowded field, into a household name and now the next mayor of Providence with his convincing win on Tuesday.

A winning election begins with breakfast at Providence’s West Side Diner, thanking voters and talking to people about what’s to come in the next city hall administration.

“I think that’s right there is like 10 first orders of business,” Elorza said.

The 37 year old former housing court judge rode a dominant performance in the city’s East Side, but also won wards in the South Side, Smith Hill and Federal Hill: An area once controlled by his opponent, Cianci, who failed in his attempt to become Providence mayor for a third time.

“You know he was very gracious last night. he called to congratulate me on the victory. There is a wealth of knowledge with all of the former mayors here in the city. I look forward to tapping into all that window and knowledge, Mr Cianci being one of them,” Elorza said.

Elorza won’t assume office until January, but says he is ready to hit the ground running today.

“These aren’t challenges that can’t be resolved by all of the great people here in Providence,” he said.

The mayor would not identify any specific people that would join him in city hall, only that he would begin looking at names and applications next week.

As for cianci, he says he will be back on the air on WPRO radio Wednesday afternoon.