2017-07-13 / Front Page

Senate debate on tap tonight at rec center

A candidates’ forum for those looking to represent Jamestown in the state Senate is set for 6-8 tonight at the recreation center.

Five of the seven candidates — Democrats David Allard, John Florez and David Hanos, Republican Michael Smith and independent Kimberly Ripoli — have pledged to participate. Democrat Dawn Euer is not attending the forum citing a scheduling conflict, and Green Party candidate Gregory Larson said he will not attend.

The forum is being co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island and The Jamestown Press. Candidates will be asked questions on a range of issues affecting Jamestown and Rhode Island.

Maureen Moakley, a University of Rhode Island professor of political science who specializes in American government and state politics, will be the moderator. In addition to her academic work, she is a regular political commentator on Rhode Island PBS and Rhode Island NPR.

After the forum, residents will be able to speak with the candidates one-on-one.

The four Democrats will battle for their party’s nomination in a July 18 primary. For the primary, all registered voters in town will cast their ballots at Lawn School. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The winner will face the other three contenders in an Aug. 22 special election for the District 13 Senate seat formerly held by Teresa Paiva Weed. The former Senate president resigned in March after 25 years representing Jamestown and Newport to take a job as president of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island.

The recreation center is at 41 Conanicus Ave.

Miss the forum?

Starting Friday afternoon, watch the video by searching “The Jamestown Press Senate Forum” on YouTube or go to www.jamestownpress.com and click the link.

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