Debates, debates and more debates for East Providence candidates


EAST PROVIDENCE — The League of Women Voters of Rhode Island is hosting two debates for East Providence candidates this week. The first forum, for candidates in Wards 1 and 2 and District 63, will be held Monday, Oct. 15,  from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cape Verdean Progressive Center, 329 Grosvenor Ave. The second forum — for candidates in Wards 3 and 4 and Districts 63, 65 and 66 — will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Riverside Congregational Church at 15 Oak Ave. from 6 to 8 p.m.

Invitees for Monday, Oct. 15, forum include candidates for State Representative for District 63: Katherine Kazarian (D), and David Sullivan (I); City Council from Ward 1: James Briden and Edward Lynch; City Council from Ward 2: Helder Cunha and Bruce Rogers; City Council At Large: Tracy Capobianco and Steven Santos; School Committee from Ward 1: Elizabeth Clupny and Betty DeCrescenzo; School Committee from Ward 2: Anthony Ferreira and Stephen Furtado; School Committee At Large: Joel Monteiro and Ronald Warr, Jr.

Invitees for Wednesday, Oct. 17, include: State Representative for District 63: Katherine Kazarian (D) and David Sullivan –(I); State Representative for District 65: Gregg Amore (D) and Joseph Botelho (I); State Representative for District 66: Manfred Diel, Jr.(R), Joy Hearn (D), and Eugene Saveory (I); City Council from Ward 3: Thomas Rose Jr. and Candace Seel; City Counci At Large: Tracy Capobianco and Steven Santos; and School Committee At Large: Joel Monteiro and Ronald Warr, Jr.

The Post and will have complete coverage, both in print and online, of each event.

In addition, all forums will be broadcast on Cox 17/Verizon 24, time to be announced later. For further information, please contact Susan Escherich, League of Women Voters, at 401-433-4896.

Busy night

Rep. District 66 candidates Hearn, Diel and Saveory will be busy on Oct. 17. Prior to their appearance in city, they’ve also been asked by the League to attend a forum for the rest of their district at the Barrington Town Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m. With their answers limited to six to eight minutes, it is expected the candidates will arrive in Riverside by about 7:30 p.m. to continue their forum locally.

EPC hosts Rumford debate

The late-season debate schedule continues for those candidates running in the Nov. 6 election, as the East Providence Coalition hosts an event on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Newman Congregational Church located at 100 Newman Ave. in Rumford.

The organizers ask supporters and candidates not to bring any signs or have anybody outside of the church holding any kind of political signs There will be a table inside the church where candidates can place any political  leaflets for people to pick up.

Anybody attending the evening will have an opportunity to submit questions for the politicians. These questions must be written down on index cards that will be provided by organizers. The questions will be submitted to the moderator  and each politician will have an opportunity to answer the questions. Each candidate will have two minutes for an opening statement.

Questions will be asked alternately to each politician and they will have up to two minutes to answer. After the questioning period each politician will  have two minutes for a closing statement. There will be a time keeper sitting in the front row.

The EPC has been holding candidates nights for more than 20 years, and they have  always been very informative to the voters.


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