NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and The Associated Press

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci says he's making a comeback bid to run Rhode Island's capital city again, 12 years after being sent to prison for corruption.

Cianci announced Wednesday on his radio show that he's running for mayor, shortly before a 4 p.m. filing deadline. He says he made the decision with "much soul-searching and reflection."

Cianci was the city's longest-serving mayor, serving 21 years and elected six times. He was twice forced to resign due to felony convictions, in 1984 for assaulting a man he believed was having an affair with his estranged wife, and in 2002, when he was sent to prison for racketeering conspiracy.

Cianci previously won office as a Republican and independent. This time, he is running as an independent.

A friend of Cianci's filed the paperwork for the twice-convicted felon who led Providence as mayor for 21 years to run for mayor again.

Alfred Passarelli, wearing a t-shirt and jeans, filed the paperwork in the Board of Canvassers office in City Hall less than half an hour before Wednesday's deadline. Cianci announced on his radio show Wednesday he is running as an independent for a seventh term as mayor.

Passarelli said he filed the declaration of candidacy form for sentimental reasons, since he submitted the same form when Cianci ran in 1990. Passarelli, an insurance agent who lives in Johnston, said Cianci knew his father, and that he later developed a friendship with the former mayor.

State Rep. John M. Carnevale accompanied him to City Hall.

 

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