(AP- PROVIDENCE) Democratic Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has won a second term after fending off a challenge from independent Dee Dee Witman.
Elorza was re-elected Tuesday. He ran on his record, telling voters he could continue improving the city’s finances, schools and quality of life.
Witman questioned Elorza’s leadership, criticizing his handling of a teachers’ contract and recent school bus drivers’ strike. She said she would get rid of contentious school zone speed cameras.
Witman, a political fundraiser, loaned her campaign $500,000, according to finance reports. She was backed by the Providence Police Union and by retired Providence police officers and firefighters.
Elorza was first elected in 2014, beating former Providence mayor and two-time felon Buddy Cianci.
Elorza has been critical of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.