Sunday, November 4, 2012
The candidates, voting information and issues that will be affecting Johnston.
As we look ahead to November’s elections, JohnstonPatch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Bookmark this page for updates. Candidates: Be sure to complete our Candidate Survey to provide your information to Johnston voters. [Names in blue have already completed our survey.] Click on a candidate's name for biographical information and answers to our candidate questionnaires, and check back for updates. LOCAL: Johnston Mayor: Mayor Joseph M. Polisena (D) Peter A. Filippi (R) Town Council, Ward 2: Melvin Steppo Jr. (I) Anthony Verardo (D) Town Council, Ward 4: Council President Robert V. Russo (D) Robert Matteo (R) Johnston Referenda Items: Question 10: Term Limits for Mayor Question 11: Road Repair …
Friday, October 5, 2012
Patrick Dolan writes that Independent Abel Collins should be allowed into TV debates with Rep. James Langevin and Republican Mike Riley.
Concerned citizens should be roused to action in light of the controversy surrounding Congressional debates in Rhode Island’s 2nd District, specifically with regard to refusals by both Democratic incumbent Jim Langevin and Republican candidate Mike Riley to participate in any form of public debate with Independent candidate Abel Collins. This began with Langevin’s and Riley’s withdrawing from a WJAR roundtable discussion upon word of Abel Collin’s inclusion, and this has been followed by a scheduled WPRI debate between the two to the exclusion of Mr. Collins. [See more — Langevin: All Candidates Should Take Part in Debates, Oct. 5, 2012.] It is shameful to think that our own Congressman Langevin, or challenger Mr. Riley, would refuse …
In a video interview, incumbent U.S. Rep. James Langevin said he supports having all candidates — which this year includes Independent Abel Collins — participate in public debates.
U.S. Rep. James Langevin (D-RI) said he feels "all candidates should be affored the opportunity to debate," in response to a question about Independent Abel Collins's call for a place in the upcoming Dist. 2 Congressional debate. Langevin spoke with Patch following the announcement of a key endorsement at the Johnston Senior Center on Oct. 5. JohnstonPatch also received a Letter to the Editor from North Kingstown resident Patrick Dolan, saying he supports allowing Collins to debate Langevin and Republican candidate Michael Riley. JohnstonPatch asks you: What do you think? Should Abel Collins be allowed to take part in the debate on Channel 12? Let us know in the comments below.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Abel Collins said when polling numbers come in for the Second Congressional District, the numbers will show his campaign is extremely viable.
Abel Collins, an Independent candidate for Rhode Island’s Second Congressional District, has never run a political campaign and is facing off against a 12-year- incumbent Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives and a Republican-party backed former Wall Street executive. Put the 33-year-old South Kingstown native in front of a microphone, however, and you won’t hear much doubt come through the speakers. At a press conference in his Cranston campaign headquarters last week, Collins boldly asserted that his campaign will be a force to reckon with come November and that he looks forward to debating his opponents — Democrat James Langevin and Republican Mike Riley — and “looks forward to winning the upcoming debates.” Collins said he …
Friday, June 15, 2012
The Independent candidate from Matunuck recently announced his candidacy for the U.S. House seat currently held by six-term Rep. James Langevin.
Pledging to bring government back to the people, Abel Collins, a 33-year-old child of Matunuck, environmental activist, poet and political newcomer announced he is challenging Congressman James Langevin for Rhode Island’s second congressional district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The district covers most of western Rhode Island, including Johnston. “This campaign is going to be about more than just making a point,” Collins said last week from the podium of the State House’s state room at a press conference where he announced his candidacy. “I am in this race to win.” Collins is a graduate of Brown University and a program director for the Sierra Club. He lives in Matunuck with his wife and four children. Collins, running as…