Incumbent mayors in Providence, other cities win re-election

November 7, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Incumbent mayors across Rhode Island have won re-election.

Democratic Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza (HOR’-hay ay-LOR’-sah) won a second term Tuesday after fending off a challenge from independent Dee Dee Witman. Elorza ran on his record, promising more improvements to the city’s finances, schools and quality of life.

He has been critical of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

Democratic Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena captured nearly 72 percent of the vote against independent Brenda Lynn Leone.

Democratic Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien won his fifth term, defeating David Norton.

Incumbent Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt edged out former Council President Albert Brien. Acting Democratic Warwick Mayor Joe Solomon beat Sue Stenhouse.

Roberto DaSilva beat James Russo to become East Providence’s first mayor. The election follows a decision by voters to switch from a city manager.