Elorza wins Democratic primary for Providence mayor

Law professor and former judge Jorge Elorza has won the Democratic primary for mayor of Providence and will face former Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci Jr. in the general election.

Elorza defeated City Council President Michael Solomon and Christopher Young in Tuesday's primary.

Elorza, 37, grew up in Providence after his parents immigrated to the U.S. from Guatemala. He has not held elected office, but served as an appointed part-time judge on the city's housing court. He is a tenured professor at Roger Williams University School of Law.

The race now becomes a three-way contest pitting Elorza and Republican Daniel Harrop against Cianci, who is running as an independent.

Cianci has been relatively quiet since he announced in June that he would run for the office he held twice before. He spoke to supporters Tuesday night at a fundraiser in downtown Providence.

"It's not about personality. It's about vision and who's got the best ideas to move this city forward as we did years ago and made it one of the best cities in the United States," Cianci said Tuesday night.

Cianci released his first campaign ad Tuesday night.

He doesn't name names, but it's clear he's referring to Mayor Angel Taveras and his predecessor, David Cicilline.

"A lot can change in a city after 12 years without leadership. When I left office there was a $7 million surplus in Providence," Cianci says in the ad.

Cianci was forced from office twice due to felony convictions, the most recent in 2002. He was convicted of racketeering conspiracy for presiding over widespread corruption in City Hall.

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