Providence mayoral candidates square off at debate

Providence, R.I. – Democratic candidates and one independent running for mayor of Providence met during a televised debate last night. Among the issues: the value of change versus experience.

State Rep. Steven Costantino touted his role as House Finance Chairman and shaping state budgets. Angel Taveras, a lawyer who grew up in South Providence and attended Harvard, positioned himself as an agent of change.

Longtime city councilor John Lombardi used the WPRI debate to say his own pension would not keep him from addressing pension reform. Independent candidate and public relations consultant Jonathan Scott called for a 20 percent cut to city administrative offices.

Perenial candidate Christopher Young criticized his rivals and then proposed to his girlfriend and campaign manager during his closing remarks. The Democratic primary is September 14h.