EAST PROVIDENCE — At its first meeting of the new year, the East Providence Democratic City Committee re-elected John Faria as its chairman following a vote Monday night, Jan. 28, at Philips Street Hall.
Mr. Faria, of Ward 3 in the Kent Heights section of the city, faced a challenge from Wendy Caputo, of Ward 4 in Riverside. Mr. Faria was returned to the chairmanship by a 33-24 vote. Mr. Faria will serve a third, two-year term.
“I thought the members, the majority of the committee thought I was doing a good job for the party. I think they believe I do the best I can. What I want to do next is bring the organization together,” Mr. Faria said by phone Tuesday evening, Jan. 29, from Louisville, Ky., where he was negotiating contracts as an IBEW International representative.
Mr. Faria, who had been rumored to be thinking of not seeking the chairmanship once again, said there were still things left to be accomplished before he stepped aside.
“I thought about not running, but I don’t think I’ve finished completely the business of the party,” Mr. Faria. “I fully support a strong mayor form of government. We had a chance to put it as a referendum in the last election, but we didn’t get it on the ballot. I’m going to do my best to get on for the next election. I think the people of East Providence deserve to decide. I’m going to give it my best shot.”
Bruce Rogers, who lost his City Council seat from Ward 2 in the November 2012 general election, was elected as the new vice chairman by a 31-25 vote over Ward 1’s Charlie Tsonos. Mr. Tsonos, most recently the chairman of the School Committee, lost the Democratic primary election for the State Representative District 63 seat last summer to Katherine Kazarian, who went on the claim the seat in the general.
Three other officers were elected Monday without opposition. Ward 1’s Stephanie Vinhateiro was chosen as the recording secretary, Ward 2’s Julie Silva was elected as the corresponding secretary and Ward 1’s Charlie Dwyer was tabbed as treasurer.