The “Ins” and “Outs” of the Providence Mayor’s Race; Big Shake Up Continues
And with that hand shake, Brett Smiley dropped out of the Democratic Primary for Providence Mayor, and endorsing Jorge Elorza.
Both men concede they were trailing Democratic City Council President Michael Solomon, and former independent Mayor Buddy Cianci in the polls.
“If Michael Solomon becomes the Democratic nominee, then there is a very real chance that Cianci would come back into City Hall and there is no way we can allow that to happen,” said Jorge Elorza, (D) Candidate for Mayor Of Providence.
“All of us who care about ethics and transparency and good government, need to stand together to finally turn the page on corruption,” said Brett Smiley, (D) former Candidate for Mayor of Providence.
“I said that he’s the one they are going to fix the election for. He’s the one that they are going to rig the voting machines,” said Chris Young, another candidate for Mayor.
Democratic Mayoral challenger Chris Young interrupted, accusing Smiley and Elorza of trying to steal the election.
ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, “The location of the news conference was certainly no accident – high above the city from
City council President Michael Solomon seemed unfazed that his two main opponents are teaming up on him.
“There’s only one candidate with the experience to move this city forward, and I’ve been saying that since day one. I’m ready to go. I’ve been tested. I mean this city was looking bankruptcy in the face four years ago,” said Solomon, (D) Candidate for Providence Mayor.
Nor has the Elorza–Smiley team, shaken the independent Cianci campaign headquarters.
“As I go around, I am getting a great reception in all parts of the City. And as far as I’m concerned, that’s a good indication of were we stand,” said Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, Jr., (I) Candidate for Providence Mayor..
Primary voters will have their say on September 9th.