Cranston City Council candidate forum focuses on Wards 1 and 3

The candidates for Cranston City Council Wards 1 through 6 were at the Cranston Public Library on Thursday for a forum sponsored by the Cranston Herald and moderated by reporter Pam Schiff.

There are six Ward seats on the Cranston City Council and three City Wide Seats.

The candidates for Ward 2 and Ward 5 are running unopposed. The rest of the seats are contested.


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Cranston City Council candidate forum focuses on Wards 1 and 3

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Below is all the video from the event.

Each candidate gave an opening statement:

Christopher Sparks (Republican) is running for the Cranston City Council open seat in Ward 1:

Lammis Vargas (Democrat) is running for the Cranston City Council open seat in Ward 1:

Incumbent Paul McAuley (Democrat) is running unopposed in Ward 2:

John Donegan (Democrat) is running for the Cranston City Council open seat in Ward 3:

Derik Tutt (Republican) is running for the Cranston City Council open seat in Ward 3:

Thomas Cappalli (Democrat) is running for the Cranston City Council open seat in Ward 4:

Edward Brady (Republican) is running for the Cranston City Council open seat in Ward 4:

Incumbent Christopher Paplauskas (Republican) is running unopposed in Ward 5:

Incumbent Michael Favicchio (Republican) is running for Cranston City Council Ward 6:

Stephen Tranghese (Democrat) is running for Cranston City Council Ward 6:

The Questions:

Q1. This question is for the Democratic candidates. If you were to regain control of the City Council, who would you see as the new Council President?

Q2. What is the biggest complaint about Cranston you have heard while campaigning?

Q3. Do you think the schools should be given more funding and if so, how would you finance it?

Q4. What is your plan to overcome the unfunded pension situation that has haunted Cranston for years? We are at approximately 24 percent, one of the worst in the state.

Q5. How can the Cranston City Council be improved?

Q6. Ward 3 Candidates: What kind of business should move into the former K-Mart building?

Q7. Ward 6 Candidates: What is your vision for the former Citizens Bank site?

Q8. Ward 1 Candidates: What is your vision for the corner of Park and Warwick Avenues where the Cumberland Farms was originally proposed?

Q9. Ward 4 Candidates: What is the best use of open space in the rural parts of western Cranston??

Q10. How many Council meetings have you attended since announcing your candidacy?

Closing statement from Thomas Cappalli:

Closing statement from Stephen Tranghese:

Closing statement from John Donegan:

Closing statement from Edward Brady:

Closing statement from Christopher Sparks:

Closing statement from Derik Tutt:

Closing statement from Michael Favicchio:

Closing statement from Lammis Vargas:

Closing statement from Christopher Paplauskas:

Closing statement from Paul McAuley:

Lammis Vargas
Christopher Sparks
Thomas Cappalli
Edward Brady
Derik Tutt
John Donegan
Michael Favicchio and Stephen Tranghese
John Donegan and Derik Tutt
Paul Archetto
Thomas Cappalli and Edward Brady

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