Barrington candidates debate Wednesday night


If you're a Barrington voter looking for more information about School Committee, Town Council and General Assembly candidates, keep your calendar clear Wednesday night.

Barrington candidate forums will be held on Oct. 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Barrington Town Hall, 283 County Road.

The forums will feature four races — the town council, school committee, the House District 66 seat and the House District 67 seat. The candidates will also be available in the lobby prior to the forums, from 6 to 6:30, to meet and greet residents.

The forums are co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of RI, East Bay Newspapers (Barrington Times) and Full Channel Cable. Scott Pickering, the general manager for East Bay Newspapers, will serve as moderator.

The forums will be broadcast on Full Channel Cable at several times during the weeks prior to the election.

Forum format

During each of the forums, each candidate will be given the opportunity to make a brief opening and closing statement, and will respond to written questions which have been screened by the League of Women Voters for conciseness, non-redundancy and issue-orientation. A limited number of “wild cards” or optional comment opportunities will be available to each candidate. And unused wild card time may be applied to the closing statements.

Questions needed

Residents, candidates and co-sponsoring organizations are encouraged to submit questions on small index cards. People can write their questions at home and bring them to the event; or people can jot down questions on cards that will be provided at the event.

These forums are free and open to the public.

For more information call 247-3004 or write to



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