PROVIDENCE — Previous Central Falls Mayor James A. Diossa started working this week as senior adviser at Brown University’s Coverage Lab, but supporters say the move does not consider him out of the functioning for lieutenant governor.

a man wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a building: Former Central Falls Mayor James A. Diossa

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Former Central Falls Mayor James A. Diossa

Diossa experienced been viewed as one particular of the main contenders to triumph Lieutenant Governor Daniel J. McKee after he replaces Governor Gina M. Raimondo, who has been nominated by President Joe Biden to be the Secretary of Commerce. McKee expects to be in a position to identify his very own successor.


Diossa, 35, who just concluded eight yrs as mayor of Central Falls, began doing work on Monday for the Coverage Lab, and the comprehensive-time place has a six-month term, Brown spokesman Brian Clark reported.

“As senior adviser, I will do the job carefully with The Policy Lab Director, David Yokum, and senior team to present strategic guidance on The Policy Lab’s engagement with state and regional government partners at a superior amount,” Diossa said in a statement.

“I will deliver basic imagined partnership on future tasks, in individual, assessing and revising a proposal for a statewide municipal college student internship application to assist Rhode Island’s recovery from COVID-19 and endeavor exploratory conversations with an array of prospective companions to refine this proposal and establish resources of philanthropic aid,” he explained.

Supporters mentioned the new task would not eliminate Diossa from competition for the lieutenant governor’s post.

“It’s been very clear that if I am called to serve at a larger potential, it would be an honor,” Diossa stated. “And I would like to continue on earning a contribution to Rhode Island.”

Mike Trainor, a spokesman for the McKee changeover crew, declined to remark.

Launched in 2019, the Plan Lab “brings with each other specialists from authorities, universities, and local community companies to collaborate on investigate customized to notify choices about how to enhance procedures and plans throughout the state,” according to the university site.

The Plan Lab has places of work at the Wexford Innovation Centre at 225 Dyer St., in Providence. Clark declined to say how significantly Diossa is being compensated.

Previously this 7 days, Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt taken off her name from contention for the lieutenant governor’s placement.

“Though I sense very honored to have been assumed of for the lieutenant governor posture, I do not come to feel this is the correct time for me to look at anything at all but devoting my attempts to staying Mayor of Woonsocket, the metropolis that I enjoy,” Baldelli-Hunt said in a statement.

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