Congratulations to Nirva LaFortune for her big win in the Ward 3 primary election. She fought an excellent campaign and in the debates she was articulate and passionate. She was also forthcoming when interviewed and came across as a forward thinking candidate, wanting to seek lasting, long term solutions for her neighbors and for the city. Nirva has responded to her victory by saying “Thank you to everyone for your encouragement throughout this campaign. Thank you to Mark Santow and Daniel Chaika for a campaign focused on the issues, and for giving Ward 3 compelling, honest choices in this campaign.”
She was congratulated by Representative Aaron Regunberg who said: “Our community – and our city as a whole – is incredibly lucky to have a smart, passionate, progressive woman in this seatd who we know will fight for all of us.” Regunberg went on to say that runner-up Mark Santow was a great candidate “who had run “a substantive, hard-fought campaign”.
The two identified progressives in the race took more than 85 percent of the vote. This should alarm establishment Democrats such as Bill Lynch who recently called local progressives “extremists.” It is worth comparing his intemperate language with Mark Santow’s concession statement, which was one of the most dignified you are likely to see anywhere. It is worth repeating in full because it captures the positive tone of the last few weeks. “This has been a remarkable, inspiring experience, and I am humbled by the work that so many friends and neighbors have done, to help me get this far. Nirva LaFortune ran a hopeful, inclusive and exciting campaign, and I am excited about what will follow. I look forward to supporting her in the coming months and years, and it will be an honor for my family and I to be represented by her on the Providence City Council. I’ll do my part. I’m excited to get back to the work of the Providence School Board, and to fight for educational equality and for safe and healthy public school buildings. My hope is that the positive energy my neighbors have mustered for this election will continue, and that we can unite to not only elect Nirva to the Council, but to help her – and all of Ward 3 — succeed after that. Thanks so much to all my neighbors, for your kind words, inviting me into your homes, and sharing your hopes about Providence with me. I share them.”
Dan Chaika said: “A heartfelt thank you to all those who helped with my campaign and all those who supported my run for City Council. Congratulations to primary winner Nirva LaFortune, and also to Mark Santow for running a thoughtful and compelling campaign.”
Nirva is not taking anything for granted come August. “we are not done. We still have the general election and I will need your help to ensure another victory.”