Cranston City Council Candidate Anthony Melillo (R-Ward 6) today expressed concern over the planned date for the special election for Ward Six voters created by the resignation of former Councilman …
Cranston City Council Candidate Anthony Melillo (R-Ward 6) today expressed concern over the planned date for the special election for Ward Six voters created by the resignation of former Councilman Matthew R. Reilly.
On Friday, May 26th, the Cranston Board of Canvassers adopted an election timetable for the special election that would be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2023. If there is a need for a primary election it would be held on Tuesday, September 5, 2023. Melillo said the local board approval must be officially adopted by the Rhode Island Board of Elections at an upcoming meeting.
Melillo, the only formally announced candidate for the Ward Six seat, said “I am concerned that the residents of the ward will be without a voting and seated council member until late October.”
“I know there are certain logistical and legal requirements to undertake for a special election.” He said, “that is a long time for voters not to have their own ward representative on the city council”.
Melillo said “I understand an alternative date was considered by the canvassing board that would have held the special election on September 5th, a month earlier.” He stated, “I respect the various considerations they had in arriving at their decision.” “The bottom line is the constituents will be missing a direct voice and representative on the City Council until October”.
Anthony Melillo is currently representing Ward Six voters on the Cranston School Committee. “I stand ready to help any of my constituents who have an issue or question about any city issue, even beyond school related questions.”
Melillo said he is in direct communication with Mayor Kenneth J. Hopkins and his staff who are also available for any Ward Six constituent matters.
“I am happy to serve as conduit to the administration on any issues or concerns residents have in their neighborhood”
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