Which candidates are making waves in the Ocean State?
Click here to see who accepted our invitations … and who did not.
- LISA MARIE LEAVITT (GOP): Candidate for House D 31 (N. Kingstown, Exeter). Premiers Oct. 22 at 9:00AM at OceanStateCurrent.com/Leavitt
- The Race for State Treasurer
- JAMES LATRHOP (GOP): now on-demand at OceanStateCurrent.com/Lathrop . NOTE: James Diossa (DEM) declined our invitation for a debate or interview.
- RI Senate:
- NIYOKA POWELL (Senate D1); now on-demand at OceanStateCurrent.com/Powell
- DOREEN COSTA (Senate D35); to be aired at OceanStateCurrent.com/Costa Thursday at 5:00PM
- The Race for Lieutenant Governor:
- Primary Candidates:
- GOP: AARON GUCKIAN; now on-demand at OceanStateCurrent.com/Guckian
- GOP: PAUL PENCE: now on-demand at OceanStateCurrent.com/Pence
- DEM: DEB RUGGIERO; on demand at OceanStateCurrent.com/Ruggiero
- NOTE: Incumbent Sabina Matos and challenger Cynthia Mendes declined our invitations
- Primary Candidates:
Upcoming Interviews & Debates:
- RI House of Representatives: Brian Rea (H53), Jason Klas (H16), Amanda Blau (H30), Deb Fellela and Nick Grasso (H43)
- US Congress; House District 2: Allan Fung
- RI Secretary of State: Pat Cortelessa
Recent Candidate Interviews & Debates:
- US Congress; House District 1: ALLEN WATERS (watch here)
- RI House District 53, Jon Brien: Watch JON BRIEN here
- ASHLEY KALUS – candidate for RI governor (3/31/22)
- Jen Brien, long-time radio personality in RI
- Moderate Party founder and former gubernatorial candidate Ken Block
- Former Democratic State Representative Jan Malik
- Former Republican State Representative Anthony Giarrusso
Mike Stenhouse and members of the moderator team may also conduct 1-on-1 candidate interviews on the In The Dugout video podcast.
- Newsworthiness – has the candidate’s campaign earned significant play in the Rhode Island news cycle?
- Funding – does the candidate’s official campaign finance reports indicate that there are sufficient funds to run an effective campaign?
- Polling – has the candidate garnered a minimum 5% threshold in any credible public poll?
To be considered for an interview or debate invitation, candidates must be officially registered with the Board of Elections and up to date on required reporting.
In order to comply with IRS tax-exempt nonprofit guidelines, the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity (operator of The Ocean State Current) will remain impartial and nonpartisan when it comes to candidates and elections. The Center and The Current never support or oppose any political candidate.
All interviews and debates will be conducted in the most even-handed manner possible. The views of the candidates are what matter … not the views of the Center, The Current, or any of its debate moderators or interview hosts.