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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 06-13-2018

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PAWTUCKET – Elena Vasquez, running on a platform of bring- ing residents of the city together, announced this week that she is run- ning as a Democrat for Pawtucket City Council at-large. "It is with great excitement that I announce my candidacy for the Pawtucket City Council," said the school board member. "If elected, I will concentrate on creating an atmo- sphere of inclusiveness for all of our residents. Our city has tremendous potential, and we are accomplishing many great things. I would like to see us build off those accomplishments and make our city a place that its residents can not only be proud of, but also be an active participant in making it a better place to live." As a proud graduate of Varieur Elementary School, Slater Junior High School and Shea High School, where she was salu- tatorian, she said her lifelong home of Pawtucket has treated her well. After graduating Shea, she received a bachelor's degree in commerce organization and entre- preneurship from Brown University, then receiving her master's degree in law and public policy from Northeastern University before returning to Brown as program man- ager for the College Advising Corps. Vasquez said she has been a part of a number of accomplishments during her two years on the school board, including rising scores and gradua- tion rates, improvements to school facilities, and enhanced safety. If she is elected, Vasquez's platform would include maintaining fiscal sta- bility, progress in schools, creating programs of inclusiveness, and sup- porting efforts to keep residents safe. PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 13-19, 2018 POLITICS 7 Maguire running in District 4 PAWTUCKET – Andrew "Drew" Maguire has officially announced his run for City Council District 4 in Pawtucket. Maguire, who was raised in Warwick, moved to Pawtucket six years ago with his wife, and lifelong Pawtucket resident, Beatriz Lopez. He said he quickly fell in love with the city. "Maybe I'm biased because my wife is from Pawtucket, but it really is an amazing city, no matter which side of the issues folks land on they're passionate," Maguire said. "I'm just looking to give back to a city that has given me so much ..." Maguire has canvased and worked with the community to fight a pro- posed asphalt plant and to save the Hose Company 6 building. He has also strongly opposed the proposed waste transfer station in Pawtucket, instead backing the use of solar pan- els for green energy. Maguire, whose childhood home was torn down to make way for the airport, said he is a voice of caution on the PawSox deal, seeking a middle road solution. He said he is a strong supporter of universal health care, blaming the loss of Memorial Hospital squarely on for-profit medi- cine. Maguire, who manages a ware- house, has worked most of his life. He started working as a cashier at the age of 14 to help support himself and his mom. He plans on bring- ing those working-class ideals to the City Council. City officials need to bring jobs to Pawtucket "and make our city a place folks want to visit, work, and live," said Maguire. MAGUIRE Vitali running to retain at-large council seat PAWTUCKET – Incumbent City Councilor Albert Vitali Jr., 59, is announcing his cam- paign for re-election for City Council at- large. The five-term coun- cilman is a lifelong resident and Pawtucket businessman, whose company has operated in the city for more than 60 years. He said he will continue working closely with Mayor Donald Grebien's administration and colleagues on the City Council to strengthen the city's economy, and make the community an easier place to do business and a better place to raise a family. "I take my at-large City Council role very seriously to provide over- sight on the mayor," said Vitali in a release. "But my record clearly shows that I have worked to bring compro- mises on issues of disagreement while supporting many of the legislative initiatives of the mayor." Over his 10 years serving on the City Council, Vitali, of 85 Pequot Road, said he has worked diligently to assist hundreds of small businesses, residents and nonprofit groups to solve their constituent issues. Vitali said officials must find innovative ways to bring in outside investors to Pawtucket to create a stronger tax base, noting that a thriv- ing business sector will allow the city to keep the taxes more affordable to taxpayers and to continue to provide needed public services. If re-elected, Vitali said he will return phone calls within 48 hours of the time he receives them, saying he will also schedule office hours for those who want to personally talk with him about their issues and con- cerns. 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