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Candidates Forum Tonight For State Offices! (Again!)

Tonight's forum will have 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 two upcoming “Meet the Candidates Nights” events.  

The third forum will take place tonight at Narragansett Town Hall. Candidates for Rhode Island State Senate District 37 and 38 speak from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by Rhode Island House of Representatives Candidates for District 35 and 36 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Patch will be live blogging from the event, and YOU can add your own comments and thoughts as the debate goes on!

Vying for Senate District 37 are incumbent Democrat V. Susan Sosnowski and Republican John “Lindy” Lindholm. Incumbent Republican Dennis Algiere is running unopposed for District 38.

For House District 35, incumbent Democrat Spencer Dickinson and Republcan challenger James Haldeman will speak. Vying for District 36 are incumbent Democrat Donna Walsh, Republican Tina Jackson and Independent candidate Kevin Prescott.

The local league will also conduct forums for those campaigning 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 two weeks ago. For our live blog from that event, click here. For complete video, click here for school committee and here for town council.

The second forum was for Senate District 35 and 36 – video here – and House District 33 and 34 – click here. The live blog is here.

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 is the last forum:

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

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM:  Narragansett School Committee Candidates Forum (note: only five candidates for five spots)

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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Govstench October 10, 2012 at 11:42 AM
It will be interesting to see if Walsh squirms over her support of the 38 studios bill. Tired of these legislators voting on bills they don't understand and sticking the bill on the taxpayers.
Gun Dog October 11, 2012 at 05:16 PM
There never was a 38 Studios bill. Therefore, it can't be supported let alone voted on. The controversey was about a loan given by the EDC to 38 Studios, a loan proposed by EDC head, Republican Don Carcieri.
Katie October 12, 2012 at 04:59 AM
The League of Women Voters have shown themselves to be completely unable to prepare a quality set of questions to help the voter assess these candidates. What a joke these "forums" are... Sosnowski is like a parrot... she and Walsh just recitated Talking points prepared by Paiva-Weed and Speaker Fox. They both should have papers bags over their heads and be ashamed to go out in public for their lack of action on helping out state climb out of this economic nightmare. Useless, doesn't describe them sufficiently.
perchance October 19, 2012 at 01:00 PM
sosnowski needs to go. she has no clue about economics. teresa tanzi is her puppet and this dynamic duo comes as a package deal. what is this the "real housewives" of south kingstown. seriously we need creation and innovation - not tanzi / sosnowski.

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