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Candidates Night

  • West Broadway Middle School 29 Bainbridge Avenue Providence, RI, 02909 United States (map)

Join us for Candidates Night during our September general meeting at West Broadway Middle School. This is the first of two WBNA candidates forums to be held in advance of the November election, and includes candidates running for seats in the WBNA focus area who will be on the Democratic Primary ballot the following day, September 12.*

This forum will be scheduled in three sections for Democratic city council, mayoral, and state general assembly races (see schedule below). Each section includes approximately a half hour question-and-answer period for neighbors. To submit a question in advance, click the button below (deadline for advance submissions is 3pm on the day of the event).

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.

This forum is part of our Neighborhood Nights series, WBNA's monthly general meeting that is open to everyone. Please note that WBNA Committees will NOT be meeting this evening. Free food, child care and Spanish interpretation provided.

Please SAVE THE DATE for our second candidates forum on Tuesday, October 2, that will include independent and Republican candidates.

* 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.


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.

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.

SCHEDULE | Candidates Forum

* All candidates were invited to attend. Candidates listed below reflect current committed attendees.

5:30pm     Meet & Mingle with Candidates: All candidates welcome, including independents & unopposed incumbents

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:
                                 Raymond Berarducci
                                 Cyd McKenna
                                 Rachel Miller
                                 Les Papp

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
                         Confirmed as attending:
                                 Kobi Dennis
                                 Robert DeRobbio
                                 Jorge Elorza

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):
                                 Nick Autiello
                                 Sam Bell
                                 Paul Jabour
                        House District 9 (confirmed as attending):
                                 Dwayne Keys

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.

Upcoming Neighborhood Nights 2018

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (2nd Tuesday of November due to 11/6 Election Day)
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Thanks to Jimmy Lazer of Lazer's Laboratory for poster design, excerpted above.