On The Open Forum with Ryan Belmore on WADK 1540 AM today, Newport Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano announced her intention to run for re-election on the Newport City Council.

Hear from the Mayor from 26:00 to 53:49 below;

If successfully re-elected to Newport City Council, Napolitano then would need the support of the four at-large councilors  and three-ward councilors in order to be elected Mayor once again.

Napolitano ran successfully as an at-large candidate for the Newport City Council in 1999, and was reelected in 2001, 2003, 2006 and 2008, 2010 and 2012.

Napolitano was born and raised and attended private schools in Washington, D.C. She came to Newport in 1968 to marry her husband, Jack. They have four children, three sons and a daughter, who are graduates of the Newport School System. While raising her family, Jeanne worked in the insurance industry in a variety of capacities that included service as Executive Director of the Rhode Island Life Underwriters.

Jeanne entered politics in 1991 when she successfully ran to represent the 1st Ward on the Newport City Council. Following an unsuccessful campaign for an at-large City Council seat in 1993, she continued her community involvement by serving as a member of the board of New Visions of Newport County (NVNC).

Newport City Council

Councilor Lynne Ceglie was the first on the council to announce her intent to run for  re-election back on May 2nd.

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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