Ward 1 & 2 Candidates Squaring Off

The first of two League of Women Voters-sponsored debates in East Providence is tonight, Oct, 15, at the Cape Verdean Progressive Center.

The first of two East Providence candidates’ debates scheduled for this week takes place tonight, Oct. 15, at the Cape Verdean Progressive Center on Grosvenor Avenue.

The debates are sponsored by the League of Women Voters RI. Each one runs from 6 to 8 pm.

Tonight’s debate involves candidates from Wards 1 and 2. The next debate, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Riverside Congregational Church, involves candidates from Wards 3 and 4.

The cast of City Council candidates debating each other tonight, said Susan Escherich of the League of Women Voters, includes:

  • Ward 1: James Briden and Edward Lynch
  • Ward 2: Helder Cunha and Mayor Bruce Rogers

The School Committee candidates debating tonight, said Escherich, are:

  • Ward 1: Elizabeth Clupny and Betty Jean De Crescenzo
  • Ward 2: Anthony Ferreira and incumbent Stephen Furtado
  • At Large: Joel Monteiro and Ronald Warr

The City Council candidates to debate on Wednesday are:

  • Ward 3: Thomas Rose and Candace Seel

There will be no Ward 4 debate because candidate Chrissy Rossi is running unopposed with the withdrawal of incumbent Michael DiGioia.

The School Committee candidates debating on Wednesday are:

  • At Large: Monteiro and Warr

House District 65 and 66 candidates also get in the act on Wednesday:

  • District 65: Greg Amore and Joseph Botelho
  • District 66: Incumbent Joy Hearn, Manfred “Fred” Diel and Eugene Saveory

Moderator for the debates will be Marie Hennedy of the League of Women Voters. She will be asking questions from the audience.

Anyone with a question must write it down on an index card. Questions will be screened for appropriateness and duplication, said Escherich.

The candidates also will have to abide by strict time limits for their answers. They can used a limited number of “wild cards” if they want to expand on a response, Escherich said.

Each candidate is expected to answer from 4 to 6 questions.

Both of the debates will be broadcast at later dates on Cox 17 and Verizon 24 or 25, Escherich said. The dates are Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 and 21, at 1 pm and 8 pm for a repeat of tonight’s debate, and 3 pm and 10 pm for a repeat of Wednesday’s debate.

Martin Ledley October 15, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Will Mr. Amore be explaining his all most $10,000 in donations from PACs? Examples: Warwick Teacher, Coventry Teachers, Providence Teachers, RI Federation of Teachers, along with AFL-CIO, Providence Firefighters, RI Laborer's and many many more. The best is the donation from RI House Leadership and WILLIAM IRONS! Go to Sec of State to view because too many to list. Can we really expect change. This is transpariance in where his loyality will lie. I do hope that Mr. Irons is not his mentor!
Rags 1 October 15, 2012 at 02:41 PM
When you give money to someone, you expect favors or seriously like his/her views and issues. School consolidation throughout the state, yes or no? Where is he on the issues of term limits, home rule, tax policy and pension rights? Remember that society is responsible for its own delinquency.
Paul October 15, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Any chance the Patch could post a video of the debate?
A concerned Citizen October 15, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Is this a question and answer meeting or a debate?? I was informed it was more of a question and answer type of meeting because each candidate does not answer the same question. To me a debate is when a questioned is asked and each candidate states their views on the question. Please explain how this is considered a debate. If you ask candidate #1 how they feel about the taxes i want all candidates opinions on that question.
CHADD of Rhode Island October 15, 2012 at 07:07 PM
The East Providence Coalition is also holding a Candidate's Debate on Wednesday, October 24th at 7 pm at The Newman Congregational Church (corner of North Broadway and Pawtucket Avenue). The Debate will feature Candidates from Ward 1, 2 and 3 as well as Member at Large and Representatives from Districts 63 and 65. All are welcome. For more information email EPC02916@gmail.com
William Rupp (Editor) October 15, 2012 at 07:30 PM
The debate will be recorded for showing on Cox and Verizon this weekend. Check your listing.
SL October 16, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Who is the EP Coalition????? Who does this group serve?
East Providence Republicans October 16, 2012 at 02:59 AM
You may want to note in your article that there will not be a LWV debate for the City Council at Large position between Steven Santos and Tracy Adams Capobianco. Although Mr. Santos accepted the LWV invitation for both days, Ms. Capobianco declined for both, citing "scheduling conflicts." League rules state that if both candidates are not available, they won't let the person accepting the challenge answer audience questions... it has something to do with their 501(c)3 status and their attempt to remain non-partisan. Of course, the city council seats are technically non-partisan to begin with, so I'm not sure what the problem is exactly. If Ms. Capobianco can't make it to something as important as a debate (on either of two different nights), it certain begs the question of how she would devote enough time to the citizens of East Providence if she were to be elected?
Felixx October 16, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Ms. Capobianco's prior commitments are not in question here. I would think that if she has commitments and refuses to break them, it would say a lot about her character. Just because she has a full schedule doesn't necessarily mean she is uninterested. We must however, consider the source of the post from the East Providence Republicans as Steven Santos' wife is the co-chair of the East Providence Republicans. Just saying. http://epgop.org/officers/
East Providence Republicans October 16, 2012 at 05:57 PM
While it is certainly true that Kathy is the current EPGOP Vice Chairwoman, the post wasn't by his wife. Kathy is way too busy for that! Thank you for the link to our site. :) By the way, it wasn't just the LWV debates she has skipped. She also has not been very responsive to requests for interviews and candidate questionnaires. A full schedule is one thing and can be understandable in some circumstances. However, not making the time for at least one of a very limited number of debates in order to give the public an idea of who she is and what she stands for does indeed raise the question how she would be in a position to devote time to the position on the city council in the event she was elected. Being on the city council takes up a lot more time than just showing up for a bi-weekly council meeting.
Rags 1 October 16, 2012 at 06:17 PM
The City elections at the local level are non-partisan according to the City Charter since 1958. There is no "technically" to it and the republican party should be careful not to endorse any candidate. Neither should the Democratic Party. When candidates attack each other they either do not know the issues or want to talk about them. Serious questions on the economy. plans for the future, budget commission, taxing and spending, and cooperation and tranparency are all important.
Felixx October 16, 2012 at 06:28 PM
So then perhaps you are the EPGOP Secretary, Steve's daughter, Stephanie? Looks like the Santos family has that GOP all covered. Three cheers from the Santos family.
East Providence Republicans October 18, 2012 at 12:24 AM
We are well aware of the "non-partisan" nature of our city's local elections. Frankly, we prefer it that way, especially in a city with less than 10% GOP voter registration. I used the word "technical," as we all know that there is a lot of partisanship that exists just below the surface in East Providence, especially between the several factions of the local Democratic Committee (watch a city council or school committee meeting to see that on full display). The Republican City Committee did not make any "formal" endorsements for the local races. I'm not sure what you mean by "careful". It is certainly not legally or otherwise barred from doing so, if it chose to do that. Democrats do it quite openly. However, since people have to "vote for the person" on the ballot (you can't use "straight party lever" for those races), it would not have much practical effect anyway. In the case of Steve, he actually has a lot of support from local Democrats and we are thankful for their support. They understand that he has the skill-set to do this and trust him to do what is right for East Providence. PS Nope, still not there yet. Just a member of the committee... and male!
Bruce Zarembka October 18, 2012 at 02:59 PM
No one has responded to this yet...it's a good question...who are they?
Rags 1 October 18, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Thank you local GOP for your quick response and explanation; however, in all my 50 years or so of watching local EP politics I have never witnessed either party taking positions on candidate endorxsements. Charter restrictions have been respected at least on the surface. The bottom line is that it is certainly not either political party that makes the candidate, it is the candidate himself and his/her issues that set them apart. That's provided they haven't signed a phony pledge to Grover Norquist never to raise taxes. Loyality to the constitutents, not any party Dem or Repub is our strength. Issues matter, political parties are secondary.


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