On Sunday, August 10th, Providence mayoral candidate's Jorge Elorza, Brett Smiley, and Christopher Young will host a forum with 95.5 WBRU where listeners will have an opportunity to voice their concerns and also pose questions to the candidates regarding education, safety, jobs and more. 95.5 WBRU's Jay Postal will be moderating the discussion.
The candidates intend to discuss a range of topics including the city’s financial plight, infrastructure, high rate of unemployment, violence etc. The full-list of Providence Democratic candidates include City Council President Michael A. Solomon, former Housing Court Judge Jorge O. Elorza, former Providence Water Supply Board Chairman Brett P. Smiley and fourth-time mayoral candidate Christopher Young.
The four Democrats will face off in a primary in September, where one candidate will ultimately be selected to be the Democratic candidate in the November election. Each candidate is vying for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mayor Angel Taveras’s seat.
30 minutes of the forum will be aired on Sunday, August 10th @ 7 PM/Eastern and additional questions will be asked to the candidates all week for a follow-up on Sunday, August 17th @ 7 PM/Eastern. Listeners can stream the forum worldwide at www.wbru.com/listen-live. For a full-list candidates' websites and to submit questions for the candidates, click here.
To better inform your potential questions, below are the top agenda items of the current 2014 Democratic Mayoral Candidates:
Elorza - Top Issue
"Providence must be a city of opportunity where businesses choose to locate, where graduates choose to stay, and where families choose to raise their children."
Smiley - Top Issue
"The most pressing issue facing Providence is our economic well-being, and that's why I've made job creation and economic development a centerpiece of my campaign. We've certainly made progress over the past few years and I'm grateful for the work Mayor Taveras has done to bring us back from the verge of bankruptcy, but we're not out of the woods yet."
Solomon - Top Issue
"The most pressing issue is economic development, and there are several components to this: creating jobs, growing our middle class and ensuring that every child has access to a good school. As a small business owner, I understand the challenges of running a business. I want to make it easier to do business in Providence. As City Council President, I've taken on those challenges by supporting a freeze on the commercial tax rate and moving the permitting process online, making it easier for developers to do business. I also want to rebuild our middle class and improve education, goals that can be achieved through my plan - "Rebuilding Providence" - which will invest $250 million to create 2,000 jobs and rebuild our schools."