Cranston city Councilman Michael Farina announced Tuesday he is switching political parties. The Democrat has served on the city council since 2013. Farina said the decision came due to his continued frustration with Cranston Democrats.
Farina said he believes there have been efforts to inhibit or obstruct him from taking positions on certain issue contrary to fellow Democratic leaders.
“As a Democrat I have felt pressure to conform to party positions … more about political maneuvering and personal ego than the constituents,” said Farina.
In an open letter, the Cranston GOP welcomed Farina to the Republican Party, writing, His leadership and experience will be invaluable atop our party’s 2016 ticket.”
Farina is a possible future candidate for Cranston mayor. Current Mayor Allan Fung is seeking re-election. Democrat Michael Sepe is running against Fung.
Farina’s announcement comes just days after State Representative Karen MacBeth announced her switch from Democrat to Republican. She says she may run against US Representative David Cicilline.