Flanagan challenging Barry in Council District 4

Flanagan challenging Barry in Council District 4

PAWTUCKET – Lifelong Pawtucket resident Joe Flanagan has announced his intention to run for the City Council District 4 seat currently held by John Barry III.

“Not only have I lived in the city of Pawtucket my entire life, but for most of that time I’ve lived in the (District 4),” said Flanagan in a release. “I bought the house I grew up in. I raised my children there. In fact, my oldest son is in the process of publishing a memoir about growing up in Pawtucket. So, I am aware of the everyday struggles that each of us faces trying to make a decent life for our families.”

Flanagan, 66, is a direct descendant of Irish immigrants to the area.

Flanagan started his career as a plumber, a trade he learned from his uncle at age 14. The U.S. Army veteran took a plumbing position at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1978, and is now the HVAC controls mechanic there. He is active in many civic groups in Pawtucket. He still lives in the house he grew up in, with his wife, Alice.

Flanagan said he understands the role of City Council in local government.

It is not in charge of coming up with ideas for new city ordinances, building plans, or redevelopment projects, he said.

Instead, the council reviews the proposals for these new ordinances, building plans, or redevelopment projects, based on input from various committees and stakeholders, and decides whether or not they can be implemented, legally, per city code and charter, and in the best interests of the city, he said.