Democrat Boycott #2; Southern RI Chamber Candidate Forum to Proceed Tonight

Candidate Forum to Proceed Despite Democrat Boycott

Challengers Sven Soderberg and Bruce Waidler to Participate
Incumbents Susan Sosnowski and Kathleen Fogarty Refuse

Providence, RI — For the second time in a week, a General Assembly candidate forum will be held without Democrat candidates. The nonpartisan Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, a highly respected south county business group, will proceed tonight with its scheduled candidate forum for the Senate District 37 and House District 35 races. The forum, co-sponsored by the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity, will be conducted at 7:00 pm this evening at the Chamber on 230 Old Tower Hill Road in Wakefield. The moderator for the forum will Elizabeth Berman, Director of the Chamber.

Senate District 37 challenger, Sven Soderberg, has accepted the invitation, while incumbent Senator Susan Sosnowski (Democrat) has declined.

Similarly, the challenger for the House District 35 seat, Bruce Waidler (Independent) will participate, while incumbent Representative Kathleen Fogarty (Democrat) has refused to participate.

“With the worst business climate in the nation and the 48th rank in family prosperity, it is disappointing that some candidates refuse to face voters and explain their plan to remedy these unacceptable rankings,” commented Mike Stenhouse, CEO for the Center. Links to post event videos and other information can be found on the Center’s debate homepage at

The media and the public are welcome to attend.

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