Grebien announces candidacy for re-election

Grebien announces candidacy for re-election

PAWTUCKET – Mayor Donald Grebien has officially announced his candidacy for re-election.

“We are in a prime position to continue moving Pawtucket forward with real progress, real results, and proven leadership,” said Grebien. “It is against this backdrop that I announce my campaign for re-election as mayor of the great city of Pawtucket.”

Grebien is seeking his sixth term as mayor.

“These have been challenging times for all of us. As a community, we continue to battle the coronavirus. With the support of the City Council and our state delegation, we have been able to get through these unprecedented times,” said Grebien. “We need strong, empathetic, and consistent leadership, which is why I ask for your vote.”

Since taking office in 2011, Grebien said his administration has moved the city forward from the brink of bankruptcy to having another zero-increase budget this year.

“Pawtucket is now experiencing an exciting period of growth welcoming new businesses, transforming its mills into live-work space, and supporting its world-renowned arts community,” he said.

“We continue to stay focused on and are advancing the largest economic development project in our city’s history – a beautiful, mixed-use riverfront development that will change the landscape of our downtown and restore Pawtucket to the active center of northern Rhode Island we once were,” said Grebien. “We are also welcoming a new commuter rail station set to open in early 2022.”

Grebien vowed to continue fighting for students, noting that they are the future of Pawtucket.

Quality of life issues will always be a priority, he said. Among other initiatives, the city has continued reinvesting in parks and recreational facilities. He also noted that the city continues to increase its zoning and code enforcement throughout the city, will begin automated trash collection, and is close to completing the transition of its streetlights to energy-saving LEDs.

Grebien is a lifelong resident of Pawtucket where he lives with his wife Laureen and children, Alexa and Connor.