As Charles Moreau yields the mayor’s office in Central Falls in advance of a plea deal with federal prosecutors, city councilor James Diossa is seriously considering a run for mayor, sources tell RIPR.
Diossa hasn’t returned calls seeking comment this morning issued a statement just before 5 pm. It doesn’t mention whether he plans to run for mayor, but calls Moreau’s resignation the end of “an unfortunate chapter” in the city’s history. Diossa says he’s dedicated to being part of a brighter future “by working to restore an honest, ethical and financially responsible government …”
Latinos have long remained politically under-represented in Central Falls, even though they form the largest part of the city’s population. CF didn’t have a Latino councilor until Ricardo Patino was elected in 2001.
Diossa is a grad of Becker College, which offers this bio:
Driven by his continued interest in politics and a desire to become more active in his community, James decided to take a chance and run for the office of city councilman of Central Falls, against a fierce, longtime incumbent. “What motivated me to run was the fact that my city needed new blood and better representation of its constituents at City Hall.” He personally spent countless hours knocking on doors, reaching out to every resident in his area to let them know what it was that he wanted to accomplish. His hard work and determination paid off. On November 3, 2009, James won, by a narrow margin, the title of Central Falls city councilman of Ward 4, becoming the youngest city council member, at just 24 years of age.
Federal and state officials are set to discuss the Moreau case during a 2 pm news conference at the US attorney’s office.