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John Goncalves wins PVD City Council Ward One primary; uncontested in general

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“I consider both my opponents Anthony Santurri and Nick Cicchitelli as community leaders on so many fronts and I am looking forward to working with them as we work to move Ward 1 forward,” said John Goncalves.


Providence City Council Ward 1 Special Election Candidate John Goncalves announced his victory in the Democratic Primary and de facto election, on Tuesday, night surrounded by supporters, staff, volunteers and family.

Goncalves, in his victory speech, stated that the victory was a culmination of lots of hard work by volunteers, neighbors, and friends: “This campaign from the very beginning had the slogan of ‘community first.’ This is the spirit that is needed to do the next step of enacting real change in Providence.I am looking forward to bringing our ‘community first’ campaign to City Hall.”

Jason Roias, Campaign Manager for the Goncalves Campaign said that he is excited to see Goncalves continue his work as a proud product of the Fox Point community and a community builder.

“While talking to voters and supporters of John on the campaign trail I had the privilege of meeting so many longtime and often lifelong Fox Point residents,” Roias said. “It was refreshing to hear time and time again that John was someone who inspired so many of them through his constant commitment to the community he grew up in. I know Ward 1 is in good hands.”

Goncalves is looking forward to getting to work right away and continuing to build coalitions with stakeholders in the community including his opponents in the Primary.


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“This election was about more than about me and it’s more than about any one individual or one candidate. This election was about the people of Ward 1 and I am looking forward to representing the Ward,” Goncalves said. “More importantly I understand that what is needed most right now is the ability and willingness to build coalitions with other community stakeholders and leaders. I consider both my opponents Anthony Santurri and Nick Cicchitelli as community leaders on so many fronts and I am looking forward to working with them as we work to move Ward 1 forward.”

While there are no candidates on the Republican side, there will be an official general election on April 7, 2020.

[From a press release; Photo (c)2020 John Goncalves]

For more information about Goncalves go to www.johnforward1.com or email info@johnforward1.com

Steve Ahlquist is a frontline reporter in Rhode Island. He has covered human rights, social justice, progressive politics and environmental news for half a decade. Uprise RI is his new project, and he's doing all he can to make it essential reading. atomicsteve@gmail.com