Warwick mayoral candidates face off at City Hall debate

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(WARWICK), R.I. (WPRI) — Friday night’s debate featured incumbent Mayor Scott Avedisian and challenger Richard Corrente in Rhode Island’s second largest city.

Dozens of residents packed city hall to watch the two candidates take questions from a panel of students from Bishop Hendricken, Pilgrim and Toll Gate High Schools.

“It was an incredible opportunity to be involved in local government and experience what it’s like to be a part of that,” – Rebecca Carcieri, Toll Gate High School student.

Corrente says if he wins the election, he would do what he could to cut spending.

“Maybe we should cut taxes,” said Corrente. “Maybe we should cut spending. That’s what I have the passion to do.”

Incumbent Mayor Scott Avedisian maintains that his goal is to protect Warwick’s services and environment. Avedisian is the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history.

Both candidates say they plan to do some last-minute campaigning prior to the upcoming election.