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Candidates Forum Tonight For State Offices!

Come out to Narragansett Town Hall to hear candidates for Senate districts 37 and 38, and House districts 35 and 36.

Release courtesy the League of Women Voters. Edited a bit from the original phrasing to take into account the forum tonight. We will also be live blogging from the debate tonight – If you’d like to be e-mailed when that article goes live, click the “keep me posted!” button at the bottom of this story.

To educate local voters about the elections on Nov. 6, the public is welcome and encouraged to attend three upcoming “Meet the Candidates Nights” events.  

The second forum will take place tonight at Narragansett Town Hall. Candidates for Rhode Island State Senate District 35 and 36 speak from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by Rhode Island House of Representatives Candidates for District 33 and 34 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The local league will also conduct forums for those campaigning for the offices of Rhode Island State Senators (Districts 37 and 38) and Representatives (Districts 35 and 36) and for those vying for a seat on the Town Councils and School Committees of Narragansett.

The first forum for South Kingstown School Committee and South Kingstown Town Council was held last week. For our live blog from that event, click here. For complete video, click here for school committee and here for town council.

This year all forums will be held at Narragansett Town Hall, so that they can be broadcast live via PEG Access television (Cox 17 and Verizon 28). Here are the other two dates:

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ Narragansett Town Hall, 25 Fifth Avenue, Narragansett, RI

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: RI State Senate Candidates Forum (Districts 37 & 38)

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM: RI House of Representatives Candidates Forum (Districts 35 & 36)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 @ Narragansett Town Hall, 25 Fifth Avenue, Narragansett, RI

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM:  Narragansett School Committee Candidates Forum

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Narragansett Town Council Candidates Forum

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These forums are a great opportunity for voters to learn more about the candidates and a chance for anyone to ask their candidates questions.  

“We hope that everyone can attend and that they submit thoughtful, comprehensive, and productive questions,” Pam Ancheta, President of LWVSK/N, said.  “For efficiency and better preparation, we prefer that questions be submitted well ahead of time through our email address: sknarr@lwvri.org.  Of course, before the start of each forum, written questions from audience members will be solicited and vetted.”  

Each candidate will be given time for an opening and closing statement and an opportunity to answer as many questions as time allows.   The forums will be cablecast live via the Westerly PEG Access studio (Cox Channel 17 and Verizon Channel 28) and rebroadcast on the same channels until Election Day on Nov. 2.

The videos will also be posted and available for viewing at www.lwvri.org. (Editor’s note: Arrangements are also being made to host the videos on Patch, and we will be live blogging each night.)

“Don't miss this opportunity to meet the candidates and hear what they have to say about the issues that are important to you,” Nancy Burroughs, the LWVSK/N Voter Service Chair, said. “If you think that 'Meet the Candidates Nights' are an essential part of our election season, consider joining the League or helping out at one of the forums.”

Despite the name, the League of Women Voters is open to both men and women who are interested in working in a non-partisan manner to improve our government and to impact public policies through citizen education and advocacy. 

Some current league activities include voter registration drives, forums on specific issues, videotaping of public hearings and meetings, and administering the Susan B. Wilson Civic Education Merit Award.

For information on membership or questions about the “Meet the Candidates Nights,” e-mail sknarr@lwvri.org.

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Chuck Newton October 03, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Oct 24 will be relevant in East Greenwich, even if these Narragansett races are not. On 10/24, the EG Republican and Democratic Town Committees will sponsor debates among the three District 30 candidates for State Representative, and the two candidates for State Senate District 35. Make a note on your calendar, and stay tuned for more details!
Elizabeth McNamara (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 05:38 PM
The Senate Dist. 35 race is of interest to East Greenwich because it features Sen. Dawson Hodgson (R) and opponent Winter B. Haynes III (D). That part of the debate goes from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dist. 35 is made up of almost all of East Greenwich, as well as parts of North Kingstown, South Kingstown and Narragansett.
Govstench October 03, 2012 at 07:52 PM
This senate district is too big - having one senator representing parts of four towns is nuts. It's hard for anyone to campaign like this and confusing to the voters. As usual, the pols have screwed this up.
Judy Bailey October 03, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I appreciate the League's continued sponsorship of these forums over the years. Also the live coverage by the Patch is a great idea. I've always wondered how Lincoln and Douglas managed without any rules. Did they become abusive physically or verbally? Did they rehearse for it for weeks in advance? Tonight's debate has been so overly hyped and scrutinized and speculated on that I will not even watch it until I see the highlights later. I'm sure our local candidates will be much more interesting to watch. That is if they wear the right necktie,shave closely and wear pancake make-up.Sorry for the chatter filled digression.
Elizabeth McNamara (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Judy, Please never stop digressing!
Govstench October 04, 2012 at 01:44 AM
The Dist. 33 and 34 races really exposed the tax and spend gang - Lally wants to create an economy czar. Really? I think we have enough czars messing up this country.....and not either one would give the small business person a break on regulations, just more spending, they can spend their money better than you! The Democrats have still not learned that government can't regulate the business sector correctly - 1,600 individual regulations is way over the top. When businesses see that tax load go beyond 50% of what they earn, the writing is on the wall - can you make it or should you close and leave. Many chose to leave. After 42 months of double digit unemployment, all the government can do is give excuses, point the finger at the other guy and in the meantime, people loose their homes. This is 40 years of leadership from the Dems. The swamp has been drained and we can clearly see the problem.........and the people in office have helped cause it. It's time for new blood, new ideas and a new direction. RI is the blackeye for New England - we are a joke. If the voters are happy with the status quo, then keep sending these people back and watch your taxes go up. It's that simple!
Govstench October 04, 2012 at 01:56 AM
The issue with allowing the voters, the taxpayers the ability to see a finished bill BEFORE it is voted on was frowned upon by Lally and Tanzi. They feel it will slow down the process. So they are against transparency. It also underscores Mr. Lally's opposition to voter initiative. He does not want the voter, the ordinary citizen, have a voice in government. If the citizen can't convince his elected representative or senator to file a bill, according to Lally, the citizen is out of luck. That is not representative government. The Dems have a lock on this legislature and their "all or nothing" approach has not worked. We are over regulated, over taxed, dead last in business friendlyness and now they want to toll your bridges and roads. Do we want more of this?
Mike October 04, 2012 at 05:30 AM
The League performed poorly tonite; terrible questions... no real discussion of the issues facing our state. THey need some new faces; they asked the same questions they did last year.
Mike October 04, 2012 at 05:33 AM
Why did Tanzi say tonite she will not meet with the people via a Town Hall? Unbelievable? And did she really have trouble answering the yes and no questions... wow... I think her election two years ago was a huge accident... let's hope the voters wise up. All she can talk about is RIPTA. Her hair looked pretty though. Trager was the best... clear, and no baloney
SueR October 04, 2012 at 08:03 PM
There is a very low probability of a successful outcome for the state of RI if we continue to elect representatives like Teresa Tanzi. Incoherent comes to mind after watching the "candidate forum". Definately not a "big picture" type of person.
Mike October 06, 2012 at 02:08 AM
The League did nothing to find out any real answers.... they are just shills for the left... they are lazY and disengaged... Frauds.
Mike October 06, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Tanzi must have been on some sort of prescription pain killer or drug... or maybe she visits a compassion center... she was definitely disoriented at that debate... tossing her head around... and not being able to answer the "yes" and "no" questions. It was unreal. Her priorities are all wrong: "healthy communities" and bringing more trains and funding for RIPTA. Teresa, there are no jobs in RI-- she has no clue what to do about jobs because she has never had one ... I think last time she got elected because Caprio had to go... and there was no one else on the ballot. Thank God we can vote for someone else this time... she needs to go back to Brown with her foolish, lefty ideas... she just doesn't relate t real people. The most incredible thing this woman said is that she will never meet with the voters in a town hall setting... she prefers phone calls. Yeah, right, Teresa maybe that is because no one can hear what you're saying... Oh and yes, we didn't forget the "horse-trading" over the Jason Foreman Bill....as a little boy I remember my mom and dad making me play only in the yard with the chain link fence around it... because of what happened to jason. Anyone living in Wakefield to this day remembers it... we don't forget what you said, Teresa.
SueR October 06, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Grandiosity is a word that comes to mind....

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