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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.

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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