Ward 3 Candidate Written Q&A

Providence City Council Chambers in Providence City Hall interior.

Following last week’s Ward 3 2017 Special Election Candidate “Un-Debate,” a wide-ranging community discussion where candidates listened to citizen concerns, themes from the evening were distilled into a set of written candidate questions by members of the Summit and Mount Hope Neighborhood Associations.

The four candidates who participated in the Un-Debate were invited to answer the written questions. Their responses are posted below by alphabetical order of last name. Christopher Reynolds (I) did not respond to Un-Debate invitations. The candidate responses have not been edited. For those without internet access, hard copies will also be available at the Rochambeau Library and the Mount Hope Learning Center.

All community members are invited to our second candidate event, a more traditional candidate forum, on June 27th at 6:30pm at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School at 35 Camp Street (additional detail here).

Daniel Chaika (D)

Nirva Rebecca LaFortune (D)

David Lallier, Jr. (R)

Mark Santow (D)


Ward 3 City Council Community Un-Debate & Candidate Forum

Providence City Council Chambers in Providence City Hall interior.

Please join the neighborhood associations of Ward 3 for a two-part series designed around community conversation and getting to know the candidates for city council.

Mount Hope Neighborhood Association, Summit Neighborhood Association and Observatory Neighborhood Association are proud to work together to co-host this opportunity for our unique and diverse community to come together and consider the future of our representation at City Hall. The series will include two evening engagements at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary on Camp Street.

Evening #1 – Thursday, June 15 at 6:30pm: In the “Un-Debate” format, Ward 3 residents will have the opportunity to speak and voice their concerns to the candidates. Other than a brief introduction, the candidates’ job will be to listen rather than talk. In a conversation moderated by Mike Ritz of Leadership RI and Angie Ankoma, we hope to share our differences and highlight our similarities across the place we all call home. Questions and comments will be distilled by the neighborhood associations into a list that candidates will be given the opportunity to respond to in writing. Written answers will be posted online prior to the second event.

UPDATE/CLARIFICATION: This first event is a *COMMUNITY CONVERSATION* and while the candidates will introduce themselves, they will NOT be speaking extensively or answering questions. This is a listening opportunity for them, and will be driven entirely by (moderated) comments and discussion among YOU, the community members. It’s a chance for your concerns to be brought forward, and your voice to be heard. The SECOND event, on 6/27, will be a more traditional candidate forum with direct answers from candidates.

Evening #2 – Tuesday, June 27 at 6:30pm: In the more traditional candidate forum format, moderator Ted Nesi of WPRI will pose questions on a variety of issues to the candidates and allow them to respond and explain their positions. The questions will be developed from the questions and concerns raised during the Un-Debate on the first evening.
Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/454639951538424

All Ward 3 City Council candidates who qualify for the ballot are invited to participate in both events, regardless of party affiliation. Our neighborhood associations are run as non-partisan organizations, and this candidate series will reflect that.

Light refreshments will be served during each event. Child care will be available.

We hope that you will join us and help us make this conversation great!

Lippitt Park Fountain Meeting


The recent reminders by the Providence Parks Department that the Henry Bowen Anthony Fountain in Lippitt Park is unsafe and off-limits for people (whether to stand or play in the water or be on the structure itself) prompted a lot of conversation on SNA’s e-mail listserv (sign up for it here!).

To continue that conversation in a productive way, SNA has asked Parks Department Director Wendy Nilsson to meet with community members to share data, costs, and other information to foster discussion and help answer questions (and perhaps even come up with some solutions).


Tuesday, June 13th
Summit Commons (1st Floor Dining Area)
99 Hillside Avenue
Facebook event here: www.facebook.com/events/282409535498160/

All community members are invited to attend this one-hour discussion. Please come with questions and ideas. SNA will provide light refreshments. An RSVP to SNAProv@gmail.com would be helpful to determine an approximate head count.