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“Join us for Candidates Night during our September general meeting at West Broadway Middle School. This is the first of two candidates forums that we are holding in advance of the November election, and includes those running for seats in the WBNA focus area who will be on the primary ballot the following day, September 12.*
This meeting will be longer than usual in order to accommodate the number of candidates participating, and will be scheduled in three sections for city council, mayoral, and state general assembly races. See schedule below. Please note that WBNA Committees will NOT be meeting this evening.
WBNA’s focus area includes City Council Wards 11 & 13, State Senate Districts 5 & 6, and State House Districts 8 & 9. All affiliated party candidates from these districts and wards have been invited, though Ward 11 and House District 8 are running unopposed and therefore will not be participating in the formal part of the evening’s schedule.
Neighborhood Nights is WBNA’s monthly general meeting that is open to everyone. Free food, child care and Spanish interpretation provided. PLEASE SAVE THE DATE for our second candidates forum on Tuesday, October 2.
* We regret the proximity of this forum to the Democratic Primary date and any inconvenience it causes to those celebrating Rosh Hashanah. Due to Labor Day, scheduling conflicts and WBNA’s offices being closed in August, this date became the one that would be most accessible within these constraints. *
VOTING & ELECTION INFORMATION
Not sure who your candidates are? New to voting in Rhode Island? Want to update/verify your voter information, or register to vote? Get it all done at the Secretary of State’s Voter Information Center here: vote.sos.ri.gov
To vote in the Party Primaries held on September 12, you must be registered to vote by August 13, 2018, or “at least 30 days before a primary or election in which you wish to vote,” according to the Rhode Island Board of Elections website. Register to vote here: vote.sos.ri.gov
SCHEDULE | CANDIDATES FORUM
5:30pm Meet & Mingle with Candidates: All candidates welcome, including independents & unopposed incumbents (City Council Ward 11 and House District 8)
6pm Call to Order, Welcome, Ground Rules & Announcements
6:10-6:50PM: CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES
6:10pm Introduction of City Council Candidates (Ward 13)
Confirmed as attending:
6:15pm Lightning Round on policy that matters to neighbors
6:20pm Neighbor Question & Answer Period (~ 30 minutes)
6:50-7:30PM: MAYORAL CANDIDATES
6:50pm Introduction of Mayoral Candidates
Kobi Dennis (invited)
Robert DeRobbio (invited)
Jorge Elorza (confirmed)
6:55pm Lightning Round on policy that matters to neighbors
7:00pm Neighbor Question & Answer Period (~ 30 minutes)
7:30-8:20PM: GENERAL ASSEMBLY CANDIDATES
7:30pm Introduction of Candidates for State Senate and House of Representatives
Senate District 5 (confirmed as attending):
House District 9:
Dwayne Keys (confirmed)
Anastasia Williams (invited)
Senate District 6:
Harold Metts (invited)
Jonathan Hernandez (invited)
Carlos Cedeno (invited)
7:40pm Lightning Round on policy that matters to neighbors
7:50pm Neighbor Question & Answer Period (~ 30 minutes)
8:20pm Closing Remarks – Evening Concludes
Agenda may be adjusted to enable a fair presentation by all that covers as much information as possible in the allotted time.
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Above image designed by Jimmy Lazer of Lazer’s Laboratory”