James Diossa was born in Central Falls where he attended Veterans Memorial Elementary School and went on to lead the Central Falls High School soccer team to its first state championship. Upon graduation, James attended Becker College in Worcester, Massachusetts, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. His love for Central Falls brought him back to the city, where he combined his passion for sports and community service by coaching youth soccer at the Ralph J. Holden Community Center.
Concerned by the direction Central Falls was heading in, and the fact that so many young people were leaving the city in search of better opportunities elsewhere, James decided to get involved. With the help of a small group of friends and family, James launched a grassroots campaign to represent the 4th Ward on the Central Falls City Council. With lots of energy and determination, and very limited resources, James went head to head with a well-known councilman backed by the local political machine and won.
Upon being sworn in as a member of the City Council in January of 2010, James got to work right away defending the interests of his constituents. When the City Council kept holding meetings in the middle of the day while most of the city’s residents were at work.James spoke up and demanded that meetings be held in the evening so that the public could attend. When small businesses were having a hard time navigating City Hall, James spoke up and helped them through the process. When the City was forced into bankruptcy and most of the council became antagonistic and checked out, James spoke up and made sure that hisconstituents were being heard throughout these unprecedented and difficult times.
During his time on the City Council James Diossa has demonstrated his commitment to the people of his ward and the entire City of Central Falls time and time again. When the City shut down the Adams Library, James was at the forefront advocating to keep the library open. When the US Postal Service threatened to shut down the city’s only post office, James spoke up and organized residents against the closure and even traveled to Washington DC to lobby our congressional delegation and meet with postal officials. When the city’s image was under attack in the media, James spoke up and brought Governor Lincoln Chafee, US Senator Jack Reed and other state leaders to learn first-hand about this amazing city and the families who call it home.
As Central Falls emerges from an unfortunate chapter in its modern history, the city faces a clear choice: move forward towards a new future full of promise and opportunity for all Central Falls families or go back to a past that literally brought our city to bankruptcy. This is a proud community of honest, hard-working men and women who remain deeply committed to building a brighter future. James Diossa stands ready to lead the City of Central Falls and work closely with its citizens to build that brighter future for our great city.