High turnout or low, Costantino and Lombardi are pitching their experience as a critical asset in turbulent times. "It will be my honor to continue my lifelong vocation of public service," said Lombardi, in his opening statement, "and together we will fix Providence."

"In a year that most thought nothing could happen," added Costantino, chairman of the powerful House Finance Committee, "we lowered income taxes to attract businesses to our city, we led the passage of pension reform, and we created jobs at Capco Steel and Nick's on Broadway."

It's not exactly Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Or even Christopher Young, it seems. But in Providence, it may do the trick.

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