Woonsocket To Meet The Candidates Aug. 28: What Would You Ask?

Pose your questions for the candidates before next week's forum.


Most candidates running for the General Assembly have accepted an invitation to participate in the Aug. 28 Meet the Candidates forum sponsored by MyWoonsocket.com and 1380 WNRI.

Only one candidate won't make it. Michael Moniz, an independent challenging the winner of the Sept. 11 primary for Dist. 49, will be out of town.

The free, open-to-the-public event will be held at , 267 Main St., 7 p.m.

A three-member panel of local news reporters will question the candidates: Russ Olivo of , Sandy Phaneuf of the Valley Breeze and Rob Borkowski of the Woonsocket Patch.

The candidates attending the forum are:

Rep. Lisa Baldelli Hunt (D-Dist. 49, Woonsocket) faces two challengers in the primary: Michael A. Morin of 180 Allen St., Unit 202, and Stuart Gitlow of 641 Harris Ave.

Whoever wins that contest will face Moniz of 429 East School St. for the seat Nov. 6.

Rep. Jon D. Brien (D-Dist. 50, Woonsocket) of 521 South Main St is facing Stephen M. Casey of 625 Park Ave. in the Democratic primary. Whoever wins that contest will run unopposed for the Dist. 50 seat in November.

Sen. Marc A. Cote, (D-Dist. 24) of 144 Woodland Road will face Lewis J. Pryeor of 231 Second Ave. in the primary. Whoever wins that contest will run unopposed for the seat in November.

Rep. Robert D. Philips (D-Dist. 51) of 325 Dunlap St., faces current Republican School Committee member Christopher M. Roberts of 157 Tara Lane.

Senator Roger A. Picard (D-Dist. 20) will run unopposed in November.

John Ward Jr. August 20, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Since Roger's running unopposed, i'm gonna ask him if i can borrow 100 bucks too.
John Ward Jr. August 20, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Just thinking out loud.....since they're all so well off, maybe they'd consider donating to my campaign to get some wheels.
John Ward Jr. August 20, 2012 at 05:32 PM
The weight thing's a little taboo at home,i've got to be careful.You're the only one that cares!
Meesh August 20, 2012 at 08:49 PM
I would ask all the candidates what they plan on doing about welfare reform and entitlement benefits.
Tony the Tiger August 20, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I think i'd ask them if they preferred Bud or Busch at the beer tent and why they chose that selection.
Stuart Gitlow August 20, 2012 at 10:38 PM
If I were the interviewer, here are the questions I'd consider asking (with slight modifications for the incumbents): "If you could pass any legislation you'd like, what are the three most important that you'd pass?" "Looking at the past five to ten years, please describe your most important accomplishment, both for you personally - and for those around you." "If you could change anything you did in the past five years, what would you change first?" "Why do you live in Rhode Island?" "Please describe your experience with public speaking, with the media, and with parliamentary procedure." I'd also ask questions focused on individual perspectives so we can differentiate among candidates all of whom obviously care about Woonsocket and Rhode Island in general. As I said before, I'm not running against anyone. There just happen to be two other people running for the same position. That makes it important for all of us to get our own messages out there.
Chris12 August 21, 2012 at 10:36 AM
My question would be- Every year a bill is submitted for GA members (along with other civic leaders and their staff) to pay a 20% co-pay on their FREE health insurance. Every year it is either voted down or does not come up for a vote. Ms/Mr incumbent politician how did you vote? AND give a brief explanation. This question should also be asked of the politicians that are running unopposed
Mew August 21, 2012 at 06:39 PM
I wouldask the people running for the G/A, why do they accept the health plan from the state, it's a part time job, don't any of you already have health insurance?? Or is it that the states health care ( $ 16,000.00 plan is a better deal!!! Ms Baldelli Hunt and the rest of you already in the G/A isn't it about time you pay more for your health insurance?? When will you all stop the greed! I can assure you I for one will not vote for Mr. Morin, Or Mr Casey. I said before, we have all the firemen, teachers we need in that G/A greed pit. They will never agree to pay more for anything !!!!
English first August 21, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Isn't that federal, not state?
ollie August 25, 2012 at 01:18 AM
For the new people, would you have voted for supplemental tax? Why or why not?
Misty Harbor August 25, 2012 at 01:31 PM
I would ask plain and simple, "if you know you can't do what you propose to do" shut your trap and keep your day job. If you are all going to join together and finally do something about the .scum in our city, welfare reform, drugs, etc., then I'll listen. Name something our current reps have done good for our city???
Jerry August 26, 2012 at 03:21 PM
I would ask, if you know you can't change what you want to change, drop out now and save your empty words.
John August 28, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Question: How have you voted to fund education in the past and how would you help to fund Woonsocket Education in the future?
Daniel Kaffee September 12, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I would point out that it very easy and neccessary to attack pension reform in the last session, but who will have the courage to take on a much larger problem; entitlement reform including excessive social programs, welfare programs that sustain generation after generation of people who have no desire to help themselves (not the working poor), etc. The Human Services portion of the state budget is far larger and insulting to every working person and needs to be addressed with the same zest as the General Assembly targeted the unions.


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