3rd Ward Newport City Councilor Kate Leonard has confirmed with What’sUpNewp that she intends to run for re-election to the Newport City Council, representing the 3rd Ward.

“This has brought me enjoyment and I feel that the City Council allows me to give back to the community that I love. I believe my role is to work for the people–both residents and businesses. My goal has always been to support those who live and work here–to not tax people out of town and to bring job opportunities that will bring young people who grew up here back to be with their families,” Councilor Leonard told What’sUpNewp on Saturday morning.

Councilor John Florez, Lynne Ceglie and Jeanne-Marie Napolitano also have announced their intent on running for re-election in November.

Anyone looking to run for election or re-election on the Newport City Council (and other state offices) must register to run by the last Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of June.

The City of Newport operates under a home rule charter, the charter provides for a Council/City Manager form of government.

The Council is comprised of seven members; one representative is elected from the City’s three voting wards and four are elected at-large, all for two year terms. The Mayor is elected by the Council from among the four at-large councilors.

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