Rod DaSilva says years of community involvement won him District 2 race

Rod DaSilva says years of community involvement won him District 2 race

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Veteran educator and school board member Rod DaSilva said his win in last week’s District 2 School Committee race showed that voters liked his good work in town over the years.

He said he’s been involved here for a long time and in different causes, including sports, Rotary, and raising money for hungry families.

DaSilva said he received a call from challenger Catarina da Silva’s husband congratulating him. He said he worked hard and was confident heading into the Sept. 8 primary.

“We worked, we campaigned, we were honest,” he said, also noting the support of council members and other school board members.

DaSilva said he didn’t lose any sleep heading into the election, and at 65, if he did lose any sleep, “shame on me.”

“I was pretty confident,” he said.

The losing candidate in the Democratic primary, da Silva, did not return a call for comment.

Mayor Charles Lombardi, who supported da Silva, said he was a bit disappointed by the results in District 2, which saw DaSilva defeating da Silva with 52.5 percent of the vote.

“I think there was a reason there for a new candidate,” he said, but the whole election process during this year of a pandemic made a difference in the outcome of races, with lower turnout.

The mayor, also a supporter of losing candidate Manny Giusti in Council District 1, said he felt that in a normal election year, things would have been different for the incumbent there.

Lombardi said he’s not really surprised by the final results in either race, saying that perhaps he could have or should have worked harder to get his allies elected.

“The results are the results,” he said. “I’m sure town business will go on.”

As for his top priority in a new term, DaSilva said everything’s about COVID-19 and providing a good education to students even over a distance. He said he himself will be teaching remotely for a month in his district of Cranston.