The school official who oversaw a state-ordered turnaround at Central Falls High School will be one of the key figures in Democrat Jorge Elorza's transition team, as Elorza prepares to take over as mayor of Providence in January.
Victor Capellan has been named one of three co-directors for Elorza's team. Capellan served as the "transformation officer" and deputy superintendent for the Central Falls School District during the overhaul of Central Falls High School.
Victor Capellan, Sally Lapides, and Lisa Ranglin have been named as co-chairs of the transition team for Providence Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza. Marisa O'Gara, who managed Elorza's campaign, will be spokeswoman for the transition.
An educator who works in Central Falls has decided not to run for mayor of Providence. The decision by Victor Capellan leaves the field with just one Latino candidate.
Capellan is a longtime political activist who took steps to organize a campaign earlier this year. He said the demands of his job as a deputy school superintendent in Central Falls are why he’s pulling out of the race.
Central Falls educator Victor Capellan has folded the tent on his 2014 Providence mayoral run, leaving Jorge Elorza as the lone Latino candidate in the race.
Capellan, a longtime political activist, says Elorza didn't encourage him to leave the campaign. Yet it's clear that the departure, coming on the heels of Ward 15 Councilwoman Sabina Matos' decision last week to seek re-election, accrues to Elorza's benefit.