Election Waves Candidate Invitation Status


The Ocean State Current’s Election Waves team is covering selected races in the 2022 election cycle. The following candidates have been formally invited to a debate or interview; also listed is their response status. Return to Election Waves homepage, here.

(* indicates incumbent office-holder)

Last updated on September 1

Federal Office:

  • US Congress D1: David Cicilline* (no response); Allen Waters (accepted & interviewed)
  • US Congress D2: Allan Fung (no response); Dem primary winner to be invited > Sept 13

Statewide Office:

  • Governor: Ashley Kalus (accepted & interviewed); Jonathan Riccitelli (no response); Dem primary winner to be invited > Sept 13
  • Lt. Governor: Deb Ruggiero (accepted & interviewed); Aaron Guckian (accepted & interviewed); Paul Pence (accepted & interviewed); Sabina Matos* (rudely declined); Cynthia Mendes (no response)
  • Secretary Of State: Pat Cortellessa (accepted, scheduling now); Dem primary winner to be invited > Sept 13

RI Senate:

  • Senate District 1: Niyoka Powell (accepted, scheduled); Dem primary winner to be invited > Sept 13
  • Senate District 35: Doreen Costa (accepted, scheduled); Bridget Valverde (no response)

RI House:

  • House District 16: Jason Klas (accepted, scheduling now); Dem primary winner to be invited > Sept 13
  • House District 30: Justine Caldwell* (no response); Amanda Blau (informally agreed)
  • House District 31: Lisa Marie Leavitt (accepted, scheduling now); Dem primary winner to be invited > Sept 13
  • House District 43: Deborah Fellela (informally agreed); Nick Grasso (informally agreed)
  • House District 49: Jon Brien (accepted & interviewed); Dem primary winner to be invited > Sept 13
  • House District 53: Bernard Hawkins* (no response); Brian Rea (informally agreed)

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