PROVIDENCE, RI - Local 23 of the International Alliance of Theatrical
Stage Employees, AFL-CIO announced its endorsement for Michael Solomon for
Mayor of Providence today.

This is the 3rd union endorsement for Solomon including the International
Union of Painters and Allied Trades and the 16-member Rhode Island Building
and Construction Trades Council.

“We believe that Providence is at a crossroads,” said Michael Araujo,
business agent for Local 23.  “Robust and visionary leadership is required
for the challenges our City of Providence is facing.  We believe that
proven leadership and experience are invaluable assets to our diverse
population.  Michael Solomon has that experience and is that leader.”

"Michael cares about the community.  He has been unafraid to act in the
cause of justice regardless of popularity or personal gain,” Araujo
continued.  “He has again and again been the first to speak out, and the
first to seek out advice and guidance from his constituents.  We support
his leadership and will work hard to elect him as our next great Mayor.”

“I am honored to have the support of the arts and cultural workers of IATSE
Local 23,” said Solomon. “As Mayor, I am committed to investing and growing
Providence's vibrant arts and cultural sector, which has made Providence a
global destination.  I look forward to working together with IATSE to
rebuild our middle class and strengthen our downtown - the heart of our
great city."

*Solomon continues to build his campaign for Mayor.  He has earned the
first two ward committee endorsements: the 2nd highest voter turnout ward
of Ward 5 and the Ward 10 committee.  He recently announced that he ended
the first fundraising quarter with more than $600,000 on hand - nearly 3
times more than his nearest competitor. That follows the endorsements of a
diverse cross-section of city elected officials, including: Joe Almeida,
State Representative, District 12; Luis Aponte, City Councilman, Ward 10;
John Carnevale, State Representative, District 13; Carmen Castillo, City
Councilwoman, Ward 9; Michael Correia, City Councilman, Ward 6; John
DeSimone, State Representative, District 5 and House Majority Leader; Grace
Diaz, State Representative, District 11; Maryellen Goodwin, Providence
Democratic City Committee Chairwoman and State Senate Majority Whip;
Terrence Hassett, City Councilman, Ward 12 and President Pro Tempore;
Wilbur Jennings, City Councilman, Ward 8; Sabina Matos, City Councilwoman,
Ward 15; Nicholas Narducci, City Councilman, Ward 4 and Senior Deputy
Majority Leader; Thomas Palangio, State Representative, District 3; David
Salvatore, City Councilman, Ward 14; Scott Slater, State Representative,
District 10; Anastasia Williams, State Representative, District 9; Seth
Yurdin, City Councilman, Ward 1 and Majority Leader; and Sam Zurier, City
Councilman, Ward 2.*