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Paplauskas Enters Ward 5 Race

Chris Paplauskas announced he is running for the Ward 5 City Council seat this morning.

A seven-year Cranston resident, coach, father and LaSalle Academy grad announced this morning that he is running for the City Council in Ward 5.

Chris Paplauskas, a Republican, said he believes "our best days are ahead of us" and "our city needs to be fiscally responsible and prioritize the same way families do" in a press release.

Paplauskas is endorsed by the Republican City Committee and has a pledge of support from Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung, who said he's glad to have Paplauskas running "as part of my team."

"I've known Chris for several years now through his family's business in Cranston. He will treat the residents of Ward 5 with the same care and attention that he shows to his customers," Fung said.

That business, Balloons Over Rhode Island, bills itself as the largest and oldest promotional advertising company in the Northeast. 

Paplauskas now is a manager for Falvey Linen Supply, a Cranston company.

A father of two, Aidan and Sophia, Paplauskas said the birth of his first child in 2007 after his 2005 marriage to his wife, Judy, sparked "a passion for seeing that Cranston remains a great city to raise a family."

Bruce Saccoccio, the Republican City Committee chairman, said Paplauskas will bring "a level of energy and committtment to the Cranston City Council that the residents of Ward 5 have not enjoyed for a long time. 

"As a young father raising a family in this city, he knows all too well how important the role of the city council is in preserving Cranston’s charming qualities for future generations," Saccoccio said. 

If elected, Paplauskas, a Calvary Street resident, pledges to fight special interest groups and "old-style politics that have taken Cranston away from the taxpayers" and listed education, jobs, public safety, the environment and a balanced budget as priorities.

"We need to foster local control in our schools, encourage healthy businesses, cultivate a careful stewardship of Cranston’s youth programs and parks, and most of all, transparency in government are my number one priorities," he said. "Cranston can be one of the [cities] leading the way for the future of Rhode Island. We just need to have a clear vision and do it."

Councilman Richard D. Santamaria Jr. currently holds the Ward 5 seat.

You can check out Paplauskas' Web site by visiting chrisforcouncil.org

Jim June 11, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Congratulations Chris ! You appear to have, without question, the necessary ambition and determination needed to bring the Council forward. Political positions, we can all agree, should be an earned right and not one that should be held as an entitlement by those who may become complacent in any Ward, City Wide or otherwise. Keeping this election strictly business versus anything personal would show the well informed, always savvy Cranston voters that you have what it takes to help carry Ward 5 forward! My Best Wishes and Good Luck !! JIM CARR JIM CARR
Jonathan Keith June 13, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Chris I hope that you get a chance to make your round in the Meshanticut Lake/Park area. I would love to talk with you about your views and goals.
Chris Paplauskas June 15, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Thank you Jim, and I look foward to meeting you Jonathan when I walk the Meshanticut area very soon. If you would like to get in touch with me sooner please feel free to contact me. My contact info is on my website www.chrisforcouncil.org Thanks! -Chris Paplauskas

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