East Greenwich News and the East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce presented a forum between state Senate District 35 Democratic candidates Greg Acciardo and Bridget Valverde at New England Tech on Monday, Aug. 20, with moderator Chuck Hinman of Rhode Island Public Radio.
The questions were submitted by constituents and the video below was taped by Lucas Anagnostopoulos. The primary is Wednesday, Sept. 12, and the winner will face Republican Dana Gee. The seat has been held by Gee’s husband, Mark Gee, since 2012.
EG News and the EG Chamber will be hosting additional candidates forums in October. Stay tuned!
This debate really clarifies things for voters. In his disappointing closing statement Mr. Acciardo draws the wrong conclusion – that people may vote for Valverde because she is “nice.” He underestimates the intellect of his neighbors. People will vote for Valverde because she is experienced, smart, passionate, articulate and cares deeply about, and will fight for, core Democratic principles. Acciardo also says that voters should not vote for Valverde because she is “progressive,” (working hard to make “progressive” seem like a bad word), and instead hopes he’ll get votes by calling on his “good ol’ boy” network at the statehouse. No thanks. We’ll be voting on September 12th for Valverde’s fresh message and new energy.