James A. Diossa

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Born (1985-08-15) August 15, 1985 (age 36)
Central Falls, Rhode Island
CitizenshipUnited States of America
EducationBachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice
Alma materBecker College
Known for32nd mayor of Central Falls, Rhode Island
Political partyDemocratic

James A. Diossa (born August 15, 1985) is an American politician, serving as the 32nd mayor of Central Falls, Rhode Island from January 1, 2013 through January 4, 2021. Prior to his election, he served as Ward 4 city councilman from January 4, 2010 through January 1, 2013. He was succeeded by Maria Rivera as Mayor on January 4, 2021.

James announced his candidacy for mayor on September 25, 2012. Less than two months later he won a five-way primary election with 59% of the vote [1]on November 6, 2012 and went on to earn 62% of the vote in the general election on December 11, 2012 becoming Central Falls’ first Latino mayor and the youngest mayor in the state’s history.

Early life and education

Diossa's parents emigrated from Colombia in the mid-1980s. Diossa was born in Central Falls, Rhode Island[2], where he grew up and attended the Central Falls Public Schools. He graduated from Central Falls High School in 2003.

Diossa attended the Community College of Rhode Island as an undergraduate and transferred over to Becker College in Massachusetts, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

Political career

Diossa first ran for office in 2009 and was elected to the Central Falls City Council representing the 4th ward at the age of 24, the city’s youngest councilperson ever.

While councilperson, Diossa received praise for successfully advocating and organizing to keep the city’s only public library open. Diossa was also credited for successfully organizing support to keep the city’s only post office open when the federal government threatened to close it down.[3]

Mayor of central falls

A Democrat, Diossa ran for Central Falls Mayor in 2012[4] winning a five-way special primary election with 59% of the vote and later won the general election with 62% of the vote becoming Central Falls’ first Latino mayor and the youngest mayor in the state’s history.

Diossa was reelected in an uncontested race in 2013 and again in 2016 for his final term[5]. In 2018, Diossa was also named President of The Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns.[6]

Because of term limits, Diossa could not run for mayor in 2020[7] and instead endorsed Councilwoman Maria Rivera[8], who went on to win the election.

James A. Diossa in the media



  1. Russ, Hilary (2012-12-10). "Central Falls to hold election after former mayor stung by fraud". Reuters. Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  2. "James Diossa". CNU New England. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
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  4. Anderson, Patrick. "Political Scene: After eight years in City Hall, Diossa looks back and to the future". The Providence Journal. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  5. Bissonnette, Jonathan (25 October 2016). "PressReader.com - Your favorite newspapers and magazines". www.pressreader.com. Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  6. ChrisS. "RI League of Cities & Towns Names Diossa President". GoLocalProv. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  7. NEWS, AMANDA HOSKINS, NBC 10 (2020-12-24). "Central Falls mayor reflects as term comes to close". WJAR. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  8. Fenton, Josh. "Diossa Endorses Rivera for Central Falls Mayor". GoLocalProv. Retrieved 2021-01-23.

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