About James

Councilman James Diossa in Front of the American Flag

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.

In the News

WPRI - CF Mayor has been sworn into office

Providence Journal - Hopes are high as Diossa begins his term as mayor

Providence Journal - Mayor-elect appoints advisory council to improve city

Providence Journal - For Diossa, chance to open new door

Providence Journal - Ed Fitzpatrick Column

GOLOCAL Prov - James Diossa Cruises to Victory in Central Falls Mayor’s Race

RI NPR - Diossa’s win highlights Colombian-Americans’ emergence in Rhode Island’s political scene

Providence Journal - Diossa widens Central Falls' victory margin with mail ballots

Providence Journal - A decisive win for Diossa, city’s first Hispanic mayor

Boston.com/AP - Diossa wins mayoral election in Central Falls

Providence Journal - More than 1,000 have cast ballots so far in Central Falls mayoral race

Providence Journal - Supporters work the phones, streets in Central Falls mayoral election

In Central Falls, 'fresh blood' versus ex-top cop

Providence Journal - Mayoral vote Tuesday key in city’s recovery

Providence Journal - Cumberland mayor endorses Diossa in run for Central Falls mayor

Providence Journal - Diossa for mayor

Hummel Report - James Diossa Profile

Whitehouse, Grebien add to Diossa endorsements

Diossa get endorsements for Central Falls mayor

Providence Journal - Two more key endorsements for leading Central Falls mayoral candidate

Providence Journal - Kennedy returns for Diossa

GOLOCAL Prov - Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy to Stump for James Diossa in Central Falls

Providence Journal - A focus on delivering mail votes

The Washington Post - Struggling RI city’s ex-mayor pleads guilty to federal corruption charge over gifts

GOLOCAL Prov - Former Central Falls Mayor Pleads Guilty to Corruption Charges

Providence Journal - Moreau, contractor plead guilty

GOLOCAL Prov - Congressman Cicilline Endorses Diossa in Central Falls

RI NPR - Does Central Falls need 8 polling places?

Providence Journal - 8 polling places for mayoral election

boston.com - All 8 polling places to be open in Central Falls

newstimes.com - All 8 polling places to be open in Central Falls

Providence Journal - R.I. elections chief: Central Falls will open 8 polling places for mayoral election

turnto10.com - City's 8 polling places will be used in special election

RI NPR - Eight polling places set for December 11 mayoral election in Central Falls

Providence Journal - Central Falls mayoral candidate wants more polls open for special election

Diossa, Moran face off in Central Falls mayoral race

Providence Journal - Diossa makes international splash with mayoral primary win

Providence Journal - Diossa makes international splash with mayoral primary win

seattle pi - Central Falls councilman, ex-top cop to square off

Providence Journal - Diossa runs away with 5-way primary

Pawtucket Times - Diossa win puts him in Dec. 11 run-off

Providence Journal - Diossa blows away the mayoral field in Central Falls primary

Fox Providence - Diossa wins CF primary to replace ex-Mayor Moreau

WPRO 630 - Central Falls chooses Mayoral candidates

turnto10.com - Councilman, ex-police chief advance in Central Falls

RIFuture.org - 10 Reasons to Support James Diossa for CF Mayor

Providence Journal - Diossa way up in fundraising

Providence Journal - It’s new versus the old in city’s weekend mayoral debates on Page A8 of Monday, November 05, 2012 issue of The Providence Journal

Providence Journal - Marathon debates held for mayoral primary in Central Falls

Providence Journal - Candidates forum in Central Falls, Tom Lazieh's past pension decision

GOLOCAL Prov - Central Falls Mayoral Candidate Diossa Endorsed by Senator Reed

Providence Journal - Diverse field competing in Central Falls contest

Sen. Reed endorses Diossa for Central Falls mayor

Jack Reed endorses Diossa in Central Falls’ mayoral race

Side of the Rhode: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in RI Politics?

Providence Journal - Central Falls' Rep. Silva endorses Diossa in mayoral race

Providence Journal - Diossa leads mayoral-race fundraising

Central Falls Councilman Diossa Raises Over $24,000 in Bid for Mayor

Providence Journal - No shortage of likely candidates

Providence Journal - Providence Mayor Touts Diossa for Central Falls

Pawtucket Times - Councilman Diossa announces for mayor

RILatino - James Diossa announces run for mayor of Central Falls‏

Providence Journal - Central Falls City Councilor James Diossa to announce run for mayor

WPRO 630 - CF Councilman Diossa to announce run for mayor

RI NPR - Diossa eyeing a mayoral run in Central Falls

WPRI - Watch: The 3 candidates running for mayor of Central Falls

turnto10 - Mayor out; Central Falls looks to fresh start

Becker College - Alumni James Diossa

Providence Journal - Postal officials seek views on proposed branch closure

Providence Journal - Looking for hope amid corruption in Central Falls

En Español

Acontecer Latino - James Diossa gana elecciones como Alcalde de Central Falls

Acontecer Latino - Senador Jack Reed anuncia su apoyo a James Diossa para Alcalde de CF

Providence En Español - Diossa propone plan de ética para ciudad de Central Falls

Acontecer Latino - RILPAC anuncia su apoyo a James Diossa

Latino Public Radio RI - Diossa candidato mas joven y con mas dinero para la carrera por la alcaldia de Central Falls

Providence en Español - Diossa lidera recaudaciones en apoyo a campaña para alcalde

Acontecer Latino - Anuncian endosos a favor de James Diossa

Labroa - James Diossa lanzó su candidatura para Alcalde de Central Falls, RI

Acontecer Latino - James Diossa: "...llegó la hora de construir un futuro nuevo para Central Falls"

Acontecer Latino - Concejal James Diossa iniciará campaña para la Alcaldía de Central Falls

Press Releases

Central Falls elects first Latino mayor in landslide election

James Diossa's victory speech

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien endorse James Diossa for mayor of Central Falls

Congressman Cicilline endorses James Diossa for mayor of Central Falls

Senator Jack Reed endorses James Diossa for mayor of Central Falls

Diossa Unveils Ethics Reform Plan

Central Falls State Senator Elizabeth “Betty” Crowley endorses Diossa for Mayor

Diossa launces mayoral campaign in Central Falls

Diossa to launch mayoral campaign on Tuesday

Diossa issues statement on Bouthillette arraignment

En Español

James Diossa's victory speech

Congresista Cicilline endosa a James Diossa para alcalde de Central Falls

Diossa se postula a la alcaldia de Central Falls