- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Buddy Cianci’s (see-AN’-seez) opponent in the Providence mayor’s race got a little face time with President Barack Obama.

Democrat Jorge Elorza says he got the chance to speak with Obama on Friday before the president delivered a speech on women and the economy at Rhode Island College.

Elorza picked up Obama’s endorsement on Monday, a rare foray by a president into municipal politics.

Cianci, the ex-mayor, is running as an independent. He was the city’s longest-serving mayor and was forced from office twice due to felony convictions.

Elorza says he talked to Obama about the challenges facing Providence residents and ways to move the city forward.

Republican Dan Harrop is polling in the single digits and has said he might vote for Elorza.

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