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Published Date: 
August 4, 2022

Mount Pleasant, Rochambeau and South Providence Libraries will host Q&A Sessions with Candidates

PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – Community Libraries of Providence (CLPVD) will partner with League of Women Voters of Providence (LWV Providence) to present three public debates.  The candidates for the next Mayor of Providence, Gonzalo Cuervo, Nirva LaFortune and Brett Smiley, will answer questions about neighborhood issues and share their plans for the city’s future. All the debates will take place before an in-person audience and be live-streamed to CLPVD’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.  Providence residents will be able to submit questions to candidates and tell them what they think about schools, libraries, safety, the economy, and other issues of concern to the community.

The debates take place on August 25 at Mount Pleasant Library, 315 Academy Avenue (401-272-0106), on September 1 at Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope Street (401-272-3780) and on September 7 at South Providence Library, 441 Prairie Avenue (401-467-2619).  All forums start at 7:00 P.M. and LWV Providence will act as moderators.

All eligible voters are encouraged to exercise their right to participate in the election. LWV Providence’ website provides comprehensive information about elections and the voting process in Rhode Island, as well as position statements on a range of social and economic issues. Mail ballot application stations, supplied by the Rhode Island Department of State, can be found at all Community Libraries of Providence.  The deadlines for registering to vote and to apply for a mail-in ballot for the September 13 Statewide Primary are August 14 and August 23 respectively; for the General Election on November 8, they are October 9 and October 18.   Mail Ballot stations

CLPVD Director, Cheryl Space, remarked, “Community Libraries play an important role in the life of Providence, providing programs and resources in response to the needs of the community.  Choosing a new mayor is an important decision and we hope these debates will help Providence voters make the right choice.”

Liz Head, president of LWV Providence, notes: "As a nonpartisan political organization, the Providence League is pleased to partner with the Community Libraries to give Providence citizens this opportunity to hear and evaluate the candidates for Mayor."

For more information about the mayoral debates, as well as all of CLPVD’s materials, services and programs, visit the website.