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Pizza and Politics: Providence mayoral forum

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Pizza and Politics at Federal Hill Pizza on Chalkstone Avenue went citywide with its mayoral forum emceed by Chef Billy Manzo. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza is being challenged in the Democratic Primary by Kobi Dennis and Dr Robert DeRobbio. All three candidates appeared on stage to answer questions.

Here’s the video:

First up is a short introduction by Jorge Elorza:

A short introduction by candidate Kobi Dennis:


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Dr Robert DeRobbio was late to the forum, so he did not get a chance to introduce himself.


Q1. If you received a one million dollar grant to use any way you wanted, what would you do with it and why?


Q2. A question about the health coverage for city employees.


Q3. What’s the one thing you would change about the way city services are currently set up?


Q4. What’s more important for our city right now – building new homes, commercial space, or rehabbing what needs to be rehabbed in the city?


Q5. What’s your thoughts on the Woonasquatucket River Project and the effects it will have on people and business?


Q6. The Fane Tower?


Q7. Give me two things you want to accomplish if you are the next Mayor of Providence.


Q8. What do you have for breakfast?


Q9. Do you prefer Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts coffee?


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