MEET DAN CHAIKA
New Leadership for Our Community
DAN'S VISION FOR THE FUTURE OF PROVIDENCE
It's time for all members of the City Council to pull together and put the City's business first. With a looming $130M deficit in the RI State budget, severe consequences are in store for Providence.
I love this city, and I want to see all 15 Providence wards working together with the Mayor toward the common goals of restoring faith in our municipal government; a level playing field for all; and addressing quality of life issues, taxes, schools, infrastructure and the community programs that are important to us all.
TURNING CHALLENGE INTO OPPORTUNITY
Every City has its challenges and Providence is no different. We're in challenging political times, and right now the City of Providence has a great opportunity for the Council to reset and take us forward into a more positive future.
Primary day is July 12 - I hope I can count on your vote!
FOCUSING ON WHAT'S IMPORTANT
Ethics in government
Ethics and the law have always been important to me. I have served on the Providence Ethics Commission, only recently resigning my post as Vice Chair in order to run for City Council. I've also conducted a number of professional educational seminars, several of which dealt with ethical practices. I believe a stronger Ethics Commission will be an asset to the City and indeed might have helped avoid the crisis that led to the City Council President's resignation from his leadership role.
Turning problems into solutions
I've spent my career solving problems and finding solutions in often adversarial situations. I take pride in being able to bridge across divides and help all parties achieve successful outcomes. I want to bring these skills to the job of serving the people of Providence so that we can move forward, together, into a better future.
Responsible fiscal management
Providence already shoulders a heavy tax burden, and with the State of RI facing a $130M budget deficit, the impact on Providence will be significant. We need to hold the line on taxes and pursue other avenues to increase revenue. We'll need to make some hard choices, because we need to address failing infrastructure all around us - especially in our schools. This will be very difficult, considering that starting in fiscal 2019, the new formula for State funding is expected to be reduced substantially.
The opioid drug epidemic
It's poisoning a vulnerable population and ripping families and communities apart. I've felt this pain very personally in my own family, and I'm committed to helping the City of Providence, and especially the most vulnerable among us, to find a better way. Better education, and better paths to treatment, will lead to better outcomes for our friends and loved ones.
Empowering the next generation
Our children are the future, and they can't be successful if they don't have clean, safe, well-resourced schools in which to learn and grow. I'm acutely aware of what a problem this is for our City. Despite the best efforts of all the hardworking, dedicated people involved with our school system, that system is failing our kids. We can - and must - find ways to do better.
CAN I COUNT ON YOUR VOTE?
Primary: July 12
General: August 16
Dan grew up in Rhode Island and has spent most of his life in the beautiful City of Providence. (In fact, he was born right here in Ward 3!)
A well-regarded attorney at the firm of Chaika & Chaika, he recently resigned from his seat as Vice Chair of the City of Providence Ethics Commission in order to declare his candidacy for the recently vacated Ward 3 City Council seat.
He is a 1984 graduate of Providence College and a 1987 graduate of Suffolk University Law School. He has been admitted to practice law in the State of Rhode Island since 1987 and has been practicing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 1988 and in the State of Connecticut since 1990. His office is located on South Water Street in Providence, where he maintains a general practice.
Dan has been recognized for his pro bono services in Family Court, and has presented a number of educational programs, including several on ethics, to members of the Rhode Island Bench and Bar.
When the Ward 3 seat was vacated due to the recall of Kevin Jackson, and Luis Aponte stepped down from the Council presidency, Dan decided the time was right for him to step to the plate. He wants to represent the people of Ward 3 with decency, honor and dignity.