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CENTRAL FALLS â€“ City Councilman James Diossa keeps racking up big-name Democratic endorsement for his mayoral campaign.
On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien added their names to those supporting Diossa, who won 59 percent of the vote in a five-person primary on Nov. 6. He faces the second top vote-getter, former Police Chief Joseph Moran, who garnered 18 percent of the primary vote, in a run-off election next Tuesday.
Giving his thumbs-up to Diossa, Pawtucketâ€™s Grebien said, â€śJames Diossa has consistently shown his resolve to address Central Fallsâ€™ fiscal troubles and make the cityâ€™s government more responsive to its residents. He would bring a fresh approach and forward-thinking outlook to the many challenges facing Central Falls. I have been impressed by his sense of dedication and his ability to bring diverse viewpoints together in a cooperative way.â€ť
Whitehouse, in a written statement said, â€śJames Diossa is dedicated to government transparency and fiscal responsibility. Iâ€™m proud to support his candidacy, and confident he will work hard to provide the leadership Central Falls needs to move forward.â€ť
â€śI thank the senator and the mayor for their support,â€ť Diossa said. â€śI look forward to working with both of them to create jobs, increase educational opportunities and restore Central Falls to good financial health.â€ť
Diossa has already gained the endorsement of U.S. Senator Jack Reed, U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, state Sen. Betty Crowley, state Rep. Gus Silva and the Rhode Island Latino Political Action Committee (RILPAC).
Diossa and Moran are vying to succeed former Mayor Charles Moreau, who resigned in September and recently pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges. He is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 12.