Former Newport Mayor Harry Winthrop has announced he will be running for a position on Newport City Council.

In a statement just a few minutes ago on Facebook, Winthrop announced his intent to run again;

Former Newport Mayor Harry Winthrop announced his candidacy today for the Newport City Council At-Large.

“Newport needs leaders who have the vision to get the City of Newport on track to make us a 12-month city, with quality, high paying jobs and an infrastructure that will allow us to compete to bring tech and green jobs to our city,” Winthrop said.

“I intend to secure the funding for the re-alignment of the Newport Pell Bridge ramps, which is the first step in the redevelopment of Newport’s North End,” Winthrop continued. “We must also acquire the Newport Naval Hospital property and work closely with residents, developers and neighbors regarding the development of this property.”

“We must finish the Small Business Incubation Center at Sheffield School and begin moving businesses in asap. I will work to update Newport’s strategic plan which hasn’t been updated since 2013 and I believe that we should relocate the Visitors Center to the North End and work with residents, developers and neighbors for a better re-use of this property.

Mayor Winthrop, a lifelong Newporter, is a graduate of the former De La Salle Academy and Rhode Island College and did course work at the Sloan School of Management at MIT. Harry held the position of Director of Planning with Electric Boat – General Dynamics Corporation until his retirement in 2007.

From 2007 through 2014, Harry worked as a Defense Industry Consultant with Apollo Professional Solutions in the development of a twenty year facilities master plan for the Electric Boat Manufacturing Facility at Quonset Point, RI. Harry also performed senior management training and mentoring, developed control strategies for manufacturing and production, created staffing plans, and conducted performance assessments.

In 1990, Harry was elected to the Newport City Council and served terms from 1990-1993, 1995, and then from 2011-2012. In August 2012, Harry was elected Mayor of the City of Newport, and held that Office until December 2014.

Mayor Winthrop was appointed to the Rhode State Labor Relations Board by Governor Gina M. Raimondo in 2015. He is a member and past President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, a member of the Newport Rugby Club, he currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Newport Museum of Irish History, and on the Board of Directors for the St. Clare Home in Newport.

Current Council Members John Florez, Lynne Ceglie, Jeanne Marie Napolitano, Marco Camacho and Kate Leonard have also announce their intent to run for re-election. Naomi Neville and Justin Mclaughlin have not responed to our request for comment on their intent to run for re-election.

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