Councilman Luis Aponte Endorses Michael Solomon for Mayor of Providence

City’s First Latino Councilman Cites Solomon’s Plan to Rebuild the City’s Schools

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence City Councilman Luis Aponte (Ward 10) endorsed City Council President Michael Solomon for Mayor of Providence. Councilman Aponte has represented South Providence and Washington Park since being the first Latino elected to the City Council in 1998. He is the chair of the Providence Commission for Housing and Community Development and is the vice-chair of the powerful Ways and Means Committee.

«I am supporting Michael Solomon for Mayor because we need a Mayor who will invest in our neighborhoods as well as ensure a balanced budget. The next Mayor needs to focus on rebuilding our city’s middle class by creating jobs, rebuilding our schools and developing affordable housing,» said Councilman Aponte. «I am confident that Michael will do just that. I am impressed by his vision to invest $250 million over 10 years to rebuild our city schools and create 2,000 good jobs in the process. We need this kind of big vision to move our capital city forward.»

«I am grateful for Councilman Aponte’s support,» said Solomon. «He broke the glass ceiling for Latinos on the City Council and has been a strong advocate on a range of issues impacting Providence’s middle class from workers’ rights to immigrant rights to the development of safe and affordable housing in the community. I know that by working together, we can strengthen our neighborhoods and grow our city’s economy.»

Councilman Aponte joins a growing list<http://www.solomonforpvd.com/endorsements/>of Providence elected officials who have endorsed Michael Solomon for Mayor:

1. Joe Almeida, State Representative District 12

2. Luis Aponte, City Councilman Ward 10

3. John Carnevale, State Representative District 13

4. Michael Correia, City Councilman Ward 6 5. John DeSimone, State Representative District 5

6. Grace Diaz, State Representative District 11

7. Maryellen Goodwin, Providence Democratic City Committee Chairwoman and State Senate Majority Whip

8. Terrance Hassett, City Councilman Ward 12 & President Pro Tempore

9. Wilbur Jennings, City Councilman Ward 8

10. Sabina Matos, City Councilwoman Ward 15

11. Nicholas Narducci, City Councilman Ward 4 & Senior Deputy Majority Leader

12. Thomas Palangio, State Representative District 3

13. David Salvatore, City Councilman Ward 14

14. Scott Slater, State Representative District 10

15. Anastasia Williams, State Representative District 9

16. Seth Yurdin, City Councilman Ward 1 & Majority Leader

17. Sam Zurier, City Councilman Ward 2