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Gubernatorial forum to be held at RIC

Mel Rising Dawn Cordeiro

Managing Editor

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One of two gubernatorial debates are set to take place right here at Rhode Island College in the Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts. The first of two is on Thursday, Oct. 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m, which is co-sponsored by The Providence Journal, The Public’s Radio and RIC. All five candidates on the November ballot were invited to participate: Gov. Dan McKee, Republican Ashley Kalus, independent Paul Rianna Jr., independent Zachary Hurwitz and Libertarian Elijah Gizzarelli. Moderating the forum will be Ian Donnis, a political reporter for The Public’s Radio, Patrick Anderson from the Providence Journal, and our very own Raymond Baccari, Editor-in-Chief of The Anchor.

The second gubernatorial debate scheduled to take place at RIC is on Thursday, Nov. 3. This debate is going to be hosted by NBC 10. Similar to the forum next Thursday, students will have a hands-on role. Those enrolled in the COMM 353 (Political Communication) course are conducting citizen focus groups after the debate. And those focus group results will be in a press release sent out the day after.

The University of Rhode Island is hosting a forum for the second congressional district election on Monday, Oct. 17 at Edwards Hall from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. All three candidates on the general election ballot were also invited to participate in this forum. The three candidates for this seat are former Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner and Moderate Party Chairman Bill Gilbert. Donnis and Anderson will be joined by student Juliana Lepore, news editor for URI’s newspaper, The Good Five Cent Cigar.

Both October forums at URI and RIC are free to attend, though registration is required ahead of time. There will also be live streams available for those unable to attend in person, and broadcasting is also available in Spanish.

This election’s voter registration deadline is coming up soon. To learn more about how to register to vote and ways one can vote in November, visit here.

Those interested in questioning the candidates on issues important to them, can submit their questions in advance by visiting Please note that The Journal will also reach out to select people who submit questions for a video component, consisting of a recording by them asking their question, which will be shown to the candidates during this forum.

To reserve your advanced ticket to the RIC Gubernatorial forum, please visit For tickets to the second congressional district forum at URI, please visit



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