PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The race is on for the seat on the Providence City Council recently vacated by Luis Aponte.
The special election for Ward 10 has been set for Tuesday, November 5, with a primary on Thursday, October 10.
The Board of Elections originally set a different primary date, but changed the date on Thursday to avoid conflicting with the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.
A Board of Elections calendar says council hopefuls must declare their candidacy on September 3 and 4.
Aponte, a Democrat, held the seat representing Lower South Providence and Washington Park for two decades before he resigned last week as a requirement of his felony embezzlement plea.
Despite the criminal charges against him, Aponte won reelection in Ward 10 last fall after defeating his primary opponent Pedro Espinal by just 24 votes. He went on to win 85% of the vote in the general election against independent Russell Hryzan.
Espinal has already announced his candidacy for the special election, as has Monica Huertas.
Editor’s note: This story was updated after the Board of Elections changed the primary date from October 8 to October 10.