James Diossa won a historic victory Tuesday as the first Latino mayor of predominantly Latino Central Falls. Diossa will lead the state's smallest city as it tries to move beyond bankruptcy.
Unofficial results showed Diossa beating former police chief Joseph Moran by more than 400 votes. The 27-year-old city councilor responded by thanking a packed crowd of supporters at a Colombian restaurant on Broad Street. Diossa asked them to help him move Central Falls forward by coming to city council meetings and mentoring students. "Will you stay involved and truly make this a government of the people again? Will you? (Crowd: Yeah!) Okay, great, because we are a team now."
Diossa says his victory is due to the sacrifices of others. "I think of my father, Bernardo Diossa, who has worked nights at Osram-Sylvania for three decades so that his son could achieve the American dream and who had to take a vacation day from work to be here tonight. Thank you, dad. Gracias, papa. (cheers).
Diossa's predecessor at City Hall, Charles Moreau, pleaded guilty to corruption charges last month and is due to be sentenced in January.