Former Central Falls Mayor James Diossa announced Monday that he’s running for Rhode Island general treasurer in 2022.

Diossa, 36, who lives in Pawtucket, is the first major candidate to announce for the post. The office will be open since term limits prevent General Treasurer Seth Magaziner from seeking re-election. Magaziner is among six Democrats running for governor.

Diossa, a Democrat, became the first Latino mayor of predominantly Latino Central Falls when he first won election in 2012. He served two terms as the city returned to solvency after an earlier bankruptcy.

“I have a record of getting stuff done and making progress,” Diossa said while announcing his run in a news release. “If someone mentions my hometown, they’re likely to think of how the city went bankrupt before I became mayor. After my election, I served two terms and never took my eye off the ball. We worked our way back into solvency, and now, Central Falls is back in the black. I want to bring that same common sense, decency, and responsibility to the whole state. I’m from Rhode Island, and I will always be for Rhode Island.”

Diossa works at The Policy Lab at Brown University. He said the timing of his announcement is due to how “even though I won’t be kicking off my campaign until next year, I always want to be honest with Rhode Islanders. That's why I am not being coy and instead announcing that I have made this decision.”

The announcement comes one day after Diossa’s portrait was unveiled at Central Falls City Hall.

Other possible candidates for treasurer include state Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor, state Democratic Party Treasurer Liz Beretta-Perik, and former Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, a Republican.

Diossa is engaged to state Sen. Sandra Cano (D-Pawtucket). They have a two-year-old daughter.

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