Buddy Cianci

Providence Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza's campaign raised $198,084 from 684 contributors during the most recent filing period and has a balance of $161,695.

In a statement, Elorza said, “The outpouring of support for my campaign has been overwhelming. I am honored to have such strong support from people across our city and beyond who believe in our vision for taking Providence in a new direction and are committed to winning this election.”

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The two front runners in the race for mayor of Providence swept out to different corners of the city Tuesday in their quest for votes.

Elorza, the Democratic mayoral nominee, has picked up two building trades union endorsements – Ironworkers Local 37 and the International Painters and Allied Trades District Council 11.

``Jorge understands the challenges working families face and he has a plan to create good-paying blue collar jobs in Providence,’’ said Scott Duhamel, business representative of UPAT District 11. ``Jorge will act with a sense of urgency to take Providence in a new direction that benefits every resident in every neighborhood. We look forward to helping him win on November 4.’’

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Providence Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss his campaign with rival Buddy Cianci; Providence's economy; the minimum wage; how to win the South Side, and much more.

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Buddy Cianci and Jorge Elorza each claimed on Friday that they'd do a better job in reducing crime and improving public safety in Providence.

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Providence Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his campaign for City Hall; concerns about public safety in Providence; Republican criticism of state Democratic Party spending on an ad featuring Gina Raimondo; and the flap over Raimondo's support of reproductive rights.

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With five weeks until Election Day, the three candidates running to be the next mayor of Providence squared off during a televised debate last Tuesday.  Front runners Buddy Cianci and Jorge Elorza emphasized their competing messages.

Republican candidate Daniel Harrop provided the best laugh line during the one-hour skirmish at Rhode Island College when he was asked whether he’ll still be in the race on November 4th.

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Democratic Providence Mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza wants to create what he calls “one Providence” where all neighborhoods benefit from a cooperative city hall. Elorza made the comment during a press conference Monday sketching out his vision for the city

Elorza’s plan includes boosting the public schools, putting more cops on the street, and luring businesses to the capital city. He plans to pay for the officers through federal grants, and wants to create a plan for the city’s working waterfront.

Democrat Jorge Elorza plans to stand in front of Asa Messer Elementary School on Monday to unveil his vision for the city of Providence. His announcement outside the school he once attended comes after the Providence Teachers Union endorsed Independent Buddy Cianci on Saturday in the race for Providence Mayor.

The teachers union says Cianci understands the needs of the district.

Services for the late Joe Vileno Jr., a quintessential Providence character and political activist, are scheduled for Tuesday evening at Nardollilo Funeral Home, 1278 Park Avenue, in Cranston. Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Committal and burial will be private.

Joe died earlier this week at age 76. He had a history of heart ailments and his family requests that donations in lieu of flowers be made to the American Heart Association.

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Independent Providence mayoral candidate Buddy Cianci joins Political Roundtable to discuss his latest run, as well as questions about troubles in his past administrations, pensions, and negotiating with city unions.

Buddy Cianci, independent candidate for mayor of Providence, joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his campaign and a variety of other issues.

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With more than a fifth of voters undecided, Buddy Cianci holds a six-point lead over Democrat Jorge Elorza in a new WPRI-TV/Providence Journal poll on the Providence mayoral race.

The poll shows 38 percent of voters backing Cianci, 32 percent preferring Elorza, and 6 percent supporting Republican Daniel Harrop. Twenty-one percent of voters are undecided -- a number showing that the race remains up for grabs between Cianci and Elorza.