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Two answers sum up candidates' approach in NP

Those who have followed the North Providence mayoral race have seen two candidates with dramatically different approaches. Challenger Kristen Catanzaro has characterized the town as an undesirable place in need of having its beauty restored. Incumbent Charles Lombardi has emphasized what he says is going right, including the saving and beautifying of the former Camp Meehan property as the town's biggest park.

The candidates' strategies were again apparent during a Sept. 9 debate on WPRI's Newsmakers. The two were asked at the end of the debate the one thing someone coming to North Providence for the first time should see while they're in town.

Catanzaro, who has called Camp Meehan Lombardi's "pet project," responded that they should “come up and down Mineral Spring Avenue and say, ‘I want to open up a business here.’ There’s plenty of vacancies, and I want to bring revenue into this town, and that’s what I want them to see.” She said she wants them to see “a business opportunity.”

Lombardi, noting first that he doesn’t think there are many vacancies to see, said out-of-towners should come first to “our Camp Meehan, the crown jewel of the town of North Providence” that was “destined to be a 48-home development" but is “now a pristine piece of property" for residents and their descendants to enjoy.

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