CENTRAL FALLS â€” Standing outside the elementary school he once attended, James Diossa spoke of his love and gratitude for Central Falls and why he thinks he should be the city's next mayor.
The 27-year-old Diossa, who also serves on the City Council, formally announced his campaign plans on Tuesday at the Veterans Memorial Elementary School in front of a group of cheering supporters. He was introduced by state Senator Elizabeth Crowley and retired Central Falls Police Lieutenant John Laboissionere, who both cited his youthful energy as a symbol of the city's future.
Referring to Saturday's Bright Future Festival that was held at Jenks Park, Crowley said that Diossa will bring a vitality and â€śrejuvenated ideasâ€ť to the city's political process that will help the city move forward.
Labossioniere said he had gotten to know Diossa through the schools' Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education (DARE) Program and was impressed with his commitment and intelligence. He noted that Diossa â€śis young, but his thinking process is far beyond his age.â€ť
Diossa stated that Central Falls â€śis the city that welcomed my parents when they came to the United States and the city where I was born.â€ť He noted that he had graduated from Central Falls High School, played and later coached soccer, and had made lifelong friends in the city. â€śThis city has given me everything. That is why I am running for mayor: because it's time to build a new future for Central Falls.â€ť
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