Politicians Talk Same-Sex Marriage, Fiscal Responsibility

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Curious to know a bit more about Democratic candidates running for legislative offices before ? Here are some highlights from hosted by the Rhode Island League for Women Voters. 

  • RI SENATE #14: Daniel DaPonte vs. Roberto DaSilva

DaSilva said taxes are a main concern for many residents and would fight hikes, adding many Townies are on fixed incomes. "I am not [running for] Senate to be in the marble palace," he said, noting that he fought vehicle tax increases. Incumbent DaPonte retorted that tax increases are never popular; however, they are necessary to avoid major economic strife across the state. DaPonte said pension reform was imperative to avoid reoccurring debt and he is happy with the approved legislation. DaPonte and DaSilva both said they would support equal health insurance costs for men and women.

  • RI REPRESENTATIVE #63: Robert D. Britto, Katherine S. Kazarian, Samuel D. Lovett, Charles S. Tsonos

Britto said he would fight to lower East Providence taxes (citing the reduced Homestead Exemption) because his four children live in the city. He would also support same-sex marriage Tsonos emphasized that a better business climate is necessary for the state to thrive adding the city could retain some of the lessons learned from budget commission members. "38 Studios won't happen under my watch," he said. An East Providence native, Lovett graduated from Boston College and took classes in graphic design at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). A former governor's office employee, he works on computer programs that help streamline processes in the government sector and is running to share his knowledge of those practices. "I'm passionate about social issues," he said. A recent college graduate, Kazarian studied urban development and pledged to work tirelessly for her constituents. 

  • RI REPRESENTATIVE #65: Gregg Amore vs. Timothy J. Chapman 

Brought up a Catholic, Chapman said is a "pro-life person." However, he would support a woman's right to choose. He also said he supported pension reform. Amore also said abortion is not an ideal scenario; however, he would also support a woman's right to choose and abandoned buildings should be revitalized.

Don't forget, tomorrow is election day. So cast your vote anywhere from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Paul September 11, 2012 at 11:47 AM
DaSilva said that taxes are a main concern for residents Britto will fight to lower taxes. Kazarian pledges to work tirelessly for her constituents Lovett is passionate about social issues Amore said that abortion is not an ideal situation. The art of stating the obvious is not lost on our politicians. The next person who says something of substance will be the first.
david sullivan September 11, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Eliminate the state sales tax.
Ron Carmark September 11, 2012 at 08:46 PM
DaSilva opposes meaningful pension reform, but wants to lower taxes. How in the world does that math work. Sam Lovett, a very nice guy, is passionate about social issues when the state is on the precipice of financial disaster. Katherine Kazerian, a Columbia Graduate, hasn't read anything recently to help her in the job she aspires to.Wonderful! Charlie talks about making RI more business friendly, but is supported by a massive mailer from the Working Family Coalition, a municipal union front group known for dishonest mailers.
Ron Carmark September 11, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Isn't Gregg Amore the perfect example of a far Left, supercilious and mean-spirited academic when he didn't have knowledge about the subject of a question and he said that question makes me feel like Sarah Palin.How about the other candidate that his Anti-Choice position comes from the teachings of his Catholic Church. We have separation of church and state in this country and to paraphrase candidate John Kennedy that no worthy candidate for public office lets his church speak for him in matters of public policy. He is supposed to be a lawyer. We do not have a theocracy in this country.
Tonya Borello September 11, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Ron with all respect DaSilva was against the PROPOSED pension reform. He is in favor of pension reform. Daniel Daponte admited that the proposed plan was not the best. Bob DaSilva was simply the one who had the manhood to challenge it.


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