EAST PROVIDENCE — In a press release issued Thursday afternoon, Aug. 3, former state representative Roberto “Bob” DaSilva announced his intention to run for Mayor of East Providence in the city’s first-ever mayoral election in November 2018.
The release described DaSilva as a “veteran law-enforcement officer, experienced public servant and community volunteer.” It further stated he will formally announce his candidacy at a campaign kickoff event, open to the public and media, later this month (further details will be released in the coming weeks).
“It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I announce my candidacy for Mayor of East Providence. Today, more than any other moment in our city’s history, East Providence residents need and deserve a leader who will unite us and embody the virtues of Townie Pride,” Mr. DaSilva wrote in the statement. “Honesty, accountability and strong work ethic – those are the values I live by and the standards I will bring to the office of mayor.”
It continued, noting Mr. DaSilva was a former Rhode Island State Representative for District 63 in East Providence and Pawtucket. He is a Police Captain with the Pawtucket Police Department and has served as a police officer since 1993.
The statement proclaimed Mr. DaSilva has a proven record of government and municipal leadership, coupled with legislative accomplishments and advocacy across local and state levels, adding he believes he is best prepared to lead the city during this pivotal time.
“This election presents an unprecedented opportunity for East Providence residents to finally realize the city government we deserve,” Mr. DaSilva’s statement continued. “As Mayor, I will answer and be accountable to the residents of East Providence. I will work to attract new businesses to invigorate our economy; protect current small businesses that make our city great; and focus on issues that impact our residents’ quality of life."
The statement cited Mr. DaSilva as one of the founding members of the nonprofit East Providence Youth Soccer
Association (EPYSA) and that he currently serves as its president.
Mr. DaSilva, 48, earned a B.S. in Administration of Justice from Roger Williams University. He is married to Anna Karina and they have two sons, Donovan and Dorian.
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