Two drop bids for Pawtucket office

Two drop bids for Pawtucket office

PAWTUCKET – Citing a stipulation against city employees holding elective office, Charles “Chachi” Carvalho has withdrawn his at-large bid for Pawtucket City Council.

Carvalho’s departure leaves six Democrats running for three at-large seats on the council, three incumbents, Elena Vasquez, Albert Vitali Jr., and Michael Araujo, and three newcomers, Agi Gai-Kah, Melissa DaRosa, and Tarshire Battle.

In an announcement of his decision, Carvalho said he put his name in to be the voice of the people, but “unfortunately there are rules in the city charter that prevent city employees from holding office.”

Change is coming, Carvalho said, urging people to get out and vote to bring about the changes they want. He recommended a vote for the “powerful women who are running for office in Pawtucket.”

Though he can’t run right yet, said Carvalho, his political aspirations this year are only the beginning.

A Cape Verdean resident and musician, Carvalho urged others to continue the struggle forward to bring “better days for our children’s children.”

City Registrar Ken McGill said Carvalho told him he was hired as climate and culture coordinator at Shea High School in January.

McGill said the charter doesn’t prohibit city employees from holding General Assembly seats. While nothing prohibits someone from running for local office as a city employee, they must give up the city job if they win. That rule would apply to Ama Amponsah, the part-time city sergeant who is running for City Council, McGill said.

Herb Weiss, one of several city employees running for office, was the only candidate to have all of his required signatures submitted to McGill’s office as of Monday, well in advance of a July 10 deadline. He is running for Rhode Island State Senate District 15, serving Pawtucket and North Providence.

David Coughlin, running as an independent, also sent a fax to McGill’s office removing himself as an independent from the race for House District 60, leaving incumbent Rep. Karen Alzate running alone.