While a council member represents the voters in his/her own ward, the decisions made by the City Council affect all parts of the city. So the JDA feels it is important for Council members get to know what issues matter to voters from all around Providence.
JDA President Sharon Steele welcomed the audience and explained that all registered City Council candidates had been invited to participate. After thanking the 11 candidates who had accepted and were present, she explained that each candidate would have five minutes to present his/her credentials. Then they would be asked for a yes-or-no answer to three questions:
1. Should we sell our water supply to fund pensions?
2. Should we allow the Fane Group to build a 600 foot tower on Parcel 42?
3. Do we currently have an affordable and work-force housing shortage/crisis in Providence?
Following their personal presentations and the “vote”, the candidates participated in a Q & A session with the audience.
For those who missed the session, the JDA is pleased that the entire evening was captured on video by UPRISE RI. The individual presentations appear in videos. The Q & A session also can be seen separately.
See it all at: upriseri.com/news/elections/elections-2018/2018-06-12-jda-pvd-city-council/
Special thanks to UPRISE RI, the new Rhode Island news site started by reporter Steve Ahlquist. “We will cover issues of social justice, human rights, progressive politics and climate change. We are donation and advertiser based.” Contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are the tallies for the Candidates' responses: