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Meet Bradly 
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Folks ask Bradly all the time why he decided to jump into the race for city council in Providence’s Historic Third Ward.

 

Well, he's got three good reasons:

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Reason #1:

Bradly loves the city of Providence. 

 

Fun fact: Bradly has an outline of the city tattooed onto his right forearm. Since first arriving in 2012 for a JWU education, he just can’t get enough of the Creative Capital. He loves its architecture, big-town-small-city vibe, creativity, character, livability, location at the head of the Narragansett Bay, history, public spaces, resiliency, and people. 

 

The majority of Bradly's professional career has been dedicated to Providence hospitality, promotion, and development, made tangible in his business, the Providence Tour Company. There he gets the opportunity to educate and inspire Providence visitors, share his passion for urban spaces and history, and provide jobs for several hardworking RI residents. 

Reason #2:

Bradly has a commitment to service. 

 

For Bradly, a lifetime of service started in middle school, when his family’s church took service trips to western New York to help repair homes for underprivileged rural families with a program called RISE. This built the foundation for his adult life, when he went on to serve with AmeriCorps NCCC, Habitat for Humanity, the National Park Service, Teach for America, and most recently an officer candidate in the Rhode Island Army National Guard*

 

Bradly understands the importance of service. It’s something he thinks about every day.

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Reason #3:

Providence deserves engaged leadership. 

 

As a citizen of Providence, Bradly believes it is his responsibility to step forward when times get tough. The Providence Public School Department urgently needs support, and the city’s mismanaged pension system is holding Providence back from growth. There are no shortage of challenges that the city faces, but as Councilor from Ward 3, Bradly intends to turn challenges into opportunities. 

 

Bradly has already shown willingness and his ability to engage our community. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Summit Neighborhood Association, an incredible group of neighbors who demonstrated great leadership through the COVID-19 pandemic. He is also the President of the Downtown Hospitality Group, Vice President of the Metro Providence Rotary Club, and a regular volunteer at Camp Street Community Ministries. 

*This is not to imply that Bradly or his ideas have been endorsed by the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, or the Rhode Island National Guard; the words and ideas expressed on this website are his own.