Mark is running for City Council as a progressive for all of Ward 3. As a member of the School Board and a professor of US history/urban studies, he is passionate about ethical government, public education, racial justice, the health and safety of our schools, and making Providence a just and welcoming community for all. The primary is July 12th. Please help Mark reach as many of our neighbors as possible, by making a donation. We all have an interest in an effective, honest and progressive City Council! https://secure.actblue.com/contrib…/page/friendsofmarksantow
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’m excited to get back to the work of the Providence Sc...hool 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. I’ll do my part. 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.
If you're willing to hold a sign outside a polling place on Wednesday for an hour, comment below or message me your availability. We especially need folks in the pre/post work times. Thanks!
I’m very glad to see a competitive race for the Ward 3 City Council seat, and we are blessed with several viable candidates. It will be good for our ward and th...e city if all future elections for this seat are contested like this. I will be voting for Mark Santow in the Democratic primary on July 12th because he has all three of the qualities that I feel are essential in our new councilperson:
1. Commitment to social justice principles. Mark’s positions on racial justice, the CSA, public education funding, educational equality, and charter school expansion, taxation and “tax stabilization agreements,” etc., make him a good fit for all the neighborhoods of Ward 3. Other candidates have similar positions, but none has a better claim to the mantle of progressive leadership than Mark.
2. Policy knowledge. Good intentions and right principles are not enough. We need someone who understands how cities work. Mark’s day job is researching and teaching urban and social history, and urban race relations. His deep understanding of urban policy makes him uniquely qualified among the candidates. (For a nice example of Mark’s thinking on educational inequality and race in urban schools, see http://www.epi.org/…/educational-inequality-racial-segrega…/)
3. Experience in city government. An understanding of urban politics and policy is important, but we also need someone who knows Providence City government. The City Council has been deeply divided and mired in scandal, and we need someone who can avoid the ethical, political, and policy snares, and get to work immediately. Mark’s term on the Providence School Board (and as chair of its Policy Committee) has allowed him to see city government from the inside and become familiar with how it operates. This will be a distinct advantage for a new councilperson.
Mark Santow is the only candidate for Ward 3 who brings all of the above qualities to the table. In addition, he is highly articulate and personable. I believe that this combination of qualities makes him the best choice to represent all of Ward 3.
Don't forget to join us tonight at Rochambeau Library, for the last Ward 3 candidate forum!
Ward 3 people, please note that the first set of cards from the Board of Canvassers about your polling place was incorrect. You should have received another card today. That one is accurate. If you voted at MLK School in Nov 2016, that's where you vote on July 12. If you voted at Summit Commons in Nov 2016, that's where you vote now. If you voted at Nathan Bishop in Nov. 2016, that's your polling place. However, if you voted at the Church of the Redeemer in November of 2016, you need to vote at the Hebrew Day School on Elmgrove Ave. To be absolutely sure of your polling place, go to the link below. https://vote.sos.ri.gov/