NORTH PROVIDENCE, RI – North Providence Mayor Charlie Lombardi and former Cumberland Mayor Bill Murray announced today that they are joining Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien in supporting and endorsing Sandra Cano in the race for Congressional District One.
Of his endorsement, Mayor Charlie Lombardi said: “I’m supporting Sandra Cano because she is the only candidate in this race that has the experience that matters. She has served at every level of government in Rhode Island in policy making roles and has proved that she can get things done. This paired with her deep financial knowledge and experience is exactly what we need in Congress. I’m proud to support Sandra Cano and ask the residents of North Providence and all of Congressional District 1 to join me.”
Former Cumberland Mayor Bill Murray added: “When I was mayor of Cumberland I witnessed first hand Sandra Cano’s pragmatic approach to problem solving. Whether it was in her role as a banking official at Navigant Bank or in her electoral duties on the Pawtucket School Committee, City Council and in the State Senate, her involvement always led to better results. She is exactly the type of leader we need in Washington and I strongly urge voters to consider her candidacy.”
Sandra Cano shared her appreciation saying, “I am so honored to have earned the support of Mayor Lombardi and former Mayor Murray, as well as my own Mayor Don Grebien. I look forward to working with them in the future to collaborate on projects that will help bring resources to Rhode Island to continue making improvements that will enrich the lives of everyone who lives and works here.”
Mayor Lombardi and former Mayor Murray join a growing list of more than 30 local leaders who have endorsed Sandra Cano for Congress including:
Municipal Leaders: Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien, Former Pawtucket Mayor Robert Metivier, Pawtucket City Council President Terrence Mercer, Pawtucket City Council At-Large Members Michael Araujo, Roberto Moreno and Yesenia Rubio; Pawtucket City Council Members Mark Wildenhain, Neicy Coderre, and Marlena Martins Stachowiak; the entire Pawtucket School Committee (members James Chellel Jr., Chair, Kimberly Grant, Deputy Chair, Joanne Bonollo, Jennifer Carney, Gerard Charbonneau, Erin Dube, and Marsha Fernandes); as well as Central Falls Officials Robert Ferri (City Council President), Tatiana Baena (City Council At Large), and Hugo Figueroa (School Board Member and former City Councilor);
State Senators: Meghan Kallman (SD15 Pawtucket, Providence), Melissa Murray (SD24 Woonsocket, North Smithfield), Robert Britto (SD18 East Providence, Pawtucket), Mark McKenney (SD30 Warwick), Dawn Euer (SD13 Newport, Jamestown), Pamela Lauria (SD32 Barrington, East Providence, Bristol), and Alana DiMario (SD36 Narragansett, North Kingstown, New Shoreham);
State Representatives: Rebecca Kislak (HD4 East Side of Providence), Joshua Giraldo (HD56 Central Falls), and Karen Alzate (HD60 Pawtucket, Central Falls ).
Sandra Cano has been serving Rhode Islanders for over a decade. On the Pawtucket School Committee, she worked to defend the public education system that welcomed her as a teenager in this country. As a Pawtucket City Councilwoman, Sandra saw how city government directly affects residents, and she worked to shape policies that had a positive impact on their daily lives. Now in the State Senate, Sandra proudly gives voice to the diverse communities of District 8. Sandra is chair of the Senate Education Committee – the first Latina to hold the position. She serves as a member of the Senate Finance Committee and the Permanent Joint Legislative Commission on Child Care. If elected, Sandra will be the first Colombian American woman to serve in Congress.