Democratic, GOP hopefuls for Rhode Island governor to meet in black business association forum

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — The four Democrats and two Republicans running for Rhode Island governor are meeting in a campaign forum focused on what organizers call issues of economic equity and opportunity.

The Rhode Island Black Business Association is sponsoring the two-hour event Tuesday evening at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Providence.

The Democrats attending are Providence Mayor Angel Taveras; state Treasurer Gina Raimondo; former White House official Clay Pell; and contractor Todd Giroux. The Republicans are Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and businessman Ken Block.

The moderator is Marion Orr, director of the Taubman Center for Public Policy & American Institutions at Brown University.

The event is open to the public, and some questions will be posed by audience members.

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