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.