Ms. Jamie Bova announced her campaign for Newport City Councilor At-Large today.

Bova joins former Mayor Harry Winthrop as the outside candidates that will run against current Newport City Councilor’s John Florez, Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, and Naomi Neville for the four Newport City Councilor At-Large positions.

Marco Camacho, Kate Leonard and Lynne Ceglie have each announced they will run again for their ward council positions.

“I am excited to announce my candidacy for City Councilor At-Large. My goal is to show a new generation the beauty and personality of Newport, and to make the City by the Sea an even more attractive place to live, work, and do business in the 21st century.”

Jamie is an Aquidneck Island native, graduating from Middletown High School and earning her degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island. She has mentored students in the Aquidneck Island Robotics 4-H club for 8 years, and served 2 years on the organization’s Board of Directors. Since graduating from URI, Jamie has established a career as an Engineer at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center.

“Newport is where I’ve chosen to plant roots because I can see the city’s unique potential. This year, I’m asking the city’s residents for the opportunity to do my part to help Newport grow.”

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