On a split vote, the Providence City Council Monday elected a new president. Luis Aponte says he’ll reach out to the councilors who voted for his opponent.
Aponte has represented Lower South Providence and Washington Park since the late 90s. He defeated rival candidate Nicholas Narducci on a 9-to-6 vote. Aponte said he hopes to work in partnership with the new mayor of Providence, Jorge Elorza. “I plan to whenever and whereever possible work closely with the mayor to ensure that we create a climate where the city can grow and move forward,” said Aponte.
Aponte owes more than $40,000 in fines over delinquent campaign finance reports to the state Board of Elections. He said he’s working to pay that off. The city’s last council president, Michael Solomon, gave up his council seat by running unsuccessfully for mayor.
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