EAST PROVIDENCE — In a press release issued shortly after noon Monday, July 7, Edward Lynch has announced he is withdrawing his name from consideration for election to the East Providence City Council from Ward 1.
“First of all, I would like to thank the voters in Ward 1 who signed my primary nomination papers, and I also want to thank the people who called me or stopped by my house asking me to run for the council seat after hearing that Jim Briden had decided not to run for re-election,” Mr. Lynch wrote. “I do have to say that councilman Jim Briden has done an excellent job during the past year and a half working for the city of East Providence and his constituents in Ward 1.”
Mr. Lynch and other candidates for local offices need to submit to the city Canvassing Department by Friday, July 11, signatures from registered voters in their ward backing their campaigns.
Mr. Lynch, a long-serving former State Representative from East Providence, expressed his appreciation to his supporters while also reiterating his opposition to an elected mayor form of government currently being pushed in some quarters of the city.
“I also want to thank the voters in East Providence for electing me for five terms as a state representative. I believe I accomplished many things in my five terms in the State House, along with the other East Providence representatives, and our then city manager, Paul Lemont. I do have to say this one thing though, and that is I am totally against having an elected mayor in this city. It is a lot safer with a city manager form of government,” he said, adding “And, another thing, we definitely do not have to advertise all over the country for a city manager when we have qualified people right here in Rhode Island. We also have excellent police and fire departments, and, again, when selecting a new chief, it should be within the ranks of our police and fire departments.”
Mr. Lynch cited his age, professional responsibilities and family among the reasons for tabling his run. He also threw his support behind Robert Britto, a former candidate for State Rep in District 63 who remains in the race for the Ward 1 council seat opposite newcomer Robert Silva.
“I am sorry to say that I am withdrawing my name from the city council, Ward 1, race. I am just too busy with my business, which I have ran since 1971,” Mr. Lynch explained. “I am 73 years old now, and I have done a lot of thinking, along with my wife, Joanne, of just over 50 years married. It is time to forget politics and enjoy life with my family, which includes my four grandchildren.
“I believe we have a really good candidate to represent Ward 1, and that is my good friend, Bob Britto. I met Bob several years ago, and when he became a candidate for state representative, he really impressed me. During the last election, I supported Bob strongly for the representative seat. I believe this election will be a stepping-stone for Bob in politics, and I am sure he will soon be in the State House as a representative or senator. So, I ask all the voters to please consider Bob Britto as your next councilman, because you will not be disappointed. Thank you for all your support over the years.”