Frank Caprio has won the endorsement of two key Latino elected officials -- Central Falls Mayor James Diossa and state Representative Grace Diaz (D-Providence) -- as he tries to win a three-way Democratic primary fight with Ernest Almonte and Seth Magaziner.
While Magaziner has attracted help from Bill Clinton, and state Senator Juan Pichardo (D-Providence) endorsed Almonte this week, Caprio has also attracted support from the mayors of Johnston and North Providence.
In a prepared statement, Diaz, who also serves as vice chair of the Rhode Island Democratic Party, says, "I know that Frank will be a strong voice for the issues impacting the community. He understands that education and economic development need to be the top priorities for state government right now. I can't wait to get out in the community and rally support for Frank's comeback to the Treasury."
Diossa says he's "impressed by Frank's plan to reduce fees to Wall Street and, instead, invest in Main Street small businesses through a Small Business Revolving Fund. Frank also understands that the next generation is getting crushed by student loan debt and he will make it a priority to address this growing crisis among Rhode Island's young people."
Caprio served as treasurer from 2007 to 2011, and lost a run for governor in 2010.