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Effort on to retire Fernandez’s campaign debt

December 29, 2010

Two departing public officials, Attorney General Patrick Lynch and Providence Mayor David Cicilline, are organizing an effort to help retire $100,000 in campaign debt from the late Joe Fernandez’s AG run earlier this year.

As part of his effort to be elected, Joe loaned his campaign $100,000, hoping to be able to pay it back . . . . either through future fundraising after a successful campaign, or in his case, to earn the money back for his family after the election through his future employment. Sadly, these options are no longer available and Joe’s family is burdened with the $100,000 debt.

We are turning to our friends in the world of politics and community leadership to ask for your support to pay off this debt so that Emily and the girls can focus on their healing. We ask that you consider a contribution of whatever you can afford up to $1000. Checks should be made payable to Emily Maranjian and sent to Brett Smiley at 102 Waterman Street, Suite 2, Providence, Rhode Island 02906.

We will have a gathering of friends and family to support this effort and honor our friend Joe Fernandez on December 30, 2010, from 5 to 7 pm, at the University Club, 219 Benefit Street, Providence, Rhode Island.    

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