Incumbent Brady agrees to debate Piche

Incumbent Brady agrees to debate Piche

NORTH PROVIDENCE - Incumbent City Councilor Alice Brady on Monday sent a certified letter to challenger Shane Piche informing him that she's willing to debate him in a public forum.

Piche called on Brady to debate the issues of the town so residents can "hear our viewpoints and understand the real differences in our visions for the future of this community."

The candidate had not yet settled on a time and place for the debate as of press time, but Piche said he wants to hold the forum at North Providence High School on Wednesday, Oct. 15. He is seeking someone both sides can agree on to act as an impartial moderator.

The candidates will also be invited to an in-studio debate at The Valley Breeze offices as the Nov. 4 election gets closer.

The battle for Brady's at-large council seat is the only one on the calendar for the November election, as the race for Town Council in District 2 was settled when Raymond DeStefanis beat incumbent John Lynch.

The central theme of the general election race is who will get a majority on the council. With DeStefanis winning as an ally of Mayor Charles Lombardi, a win by fellow Lombardi ally Piche would likely give the mayor a 4-3 vote of support on some key measures.