Election Section

Providence Mayor Cianci bows out of mayoral race after corruption conviction

Thursday June 27, 2002

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Two days after being convicted of corruption, Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci Jr. announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election to a fourth straight term in November. 

“It’s time for me to move on,” he said at City Hall. “It’s been a great ride. It’s been a great experience.” 

The 61-year-old Cianci — a charismatic and beloved figure in Providence, even after he was indicted — announced his decision even as he held out hope a federal judge would reverse his racketeering conspiracy conviction next week. 

Cianci was found guilty of turning City Hall into a den of thieves at the same time he was bringing about Providence’s revitalization over the past 12 years.