Alex Kithes, a lifelong citizen of Woonsocket, has announced his intent to run for the vacant seat on the Woonsocket City Council. The seat was vacated by Julia Brown, who was elected to the position last November. The Valley Breeze reported that “Brown wrote that her career has led to an unexpected opportunity that will relocate her out of Rhode Island, leading to the decision to resign her seat.”
“Our broken political system has devastated our city,” said Kithes. “So many families are struggling to make ends meet, while property taxes continue to soar. The city government is more divided now than ever. That’s why I’ve fought so hard for reform in the city and state, and why I will bring my passion for governmental accountability and broad, pragmatic solutions to the Woonsocket City Council. I will work to bridge the divide and fight for a government that better represents the people of Woonsocket.”
In a press release, the Kithes campaign writes:
“”Kithes was born to a family of working-class Greek immigrants who chose to settle in the City after emigrating from Greece in pursuit of the American dream. He studied engineering at Boston University and Brown University, a privilege afforded to him by the hard work of his parents and grandparents, and the opportunities he fought to maintain for students in the Woonsocket Public Schools.
“His lifelong concern for the well-being of the people of Woonsocket has led to Kithes becoming a political and community organizer. Over the last few years, he’s worked on the Downtown Woonsocket Collaborative, the Holiday Stroll Committee, and the Autumnfest Steering Committee, helping with efforts to revitalize the city, unify the community, and promote local businesses.
“Kithes is also the Chair and lead organizer of Rhode Islanders for Reform, a non-partisan group of concerned citizens, fighting for legislative rules reform and good government practices within the legislative bodies throughout the state.