Release courtesy the League of Women Voters.
To educate local voters about the elections on Nov. 6, the public is welcome and encouraged to attend four upcoming “Meet the Candidates Nights” events.
The local league will conduct the forums for those campaigning for the offices of Rhode Island State Senators (Districts 36, 36, 37 and 38) and Representatives (Districts 33, 34, 35 & 36) and for those vying for a seat on the Town Councils and School Committees for South Kingstown and Narragansett.
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 four dates:
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 @ Narragansett Town Hall, 25 Fifth Avenue, Narragansett, RI
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: South Kingstown School Committee Candidates Forum
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM: South Kingstown Town Council Candidates Forum
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 @ Narragansett Town Hall, 25 Fifth Avenue, Narragansett, RI
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM: RI State Senate Candidates Forum (Districts 35 & 36)
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM: RI House of Representatives Candidates Forum (Districts 33 & 34)
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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