Mayor Lombardi backs McKee for lieutenant governor

Mayor Lombardi backs McKee for lieutenant governor

CUMBERLAND – North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi has thrown his support behind Cumberland Mayor Dan McKee in his race for lieutenant governor against Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis.

Lombardi has never gotten along with Mollis, a former mayor of North Providence and political opponent, while he has long worked with McKee on many initiatives as part of a coalition of Rhode Island mayors.

“Dan McKee will be an outstanding lieutenant governor. As a small business owner, like myself, and community leader for more than 30 years, he has a vision for our state that other elected officials, frankly, just don’t have,” said Lombardi in a statement. “Dan and I both overcame significant financial challenges our communities were facing when we took office. He also has led the way in bringing together other mayors to advocate for taxpayers at our State House, saving our cities and town millions in healthcare and school funding. I know as lieutenant governor this would just be the beginning.”

McKee said he's "honored" to have Lombardi's support.

"Since taking office, he has done great work in improving the lives of those in his community. He has turned around the city’s finances and placed them on strong financial footing,” he said in a news release. “Together, we’ve been able to change the way Rhode Islanders get things done, and if elected lieutenant governor, I will bring that same mentality and motivation into the State House.”