Newport City Council

The time to declare your candidacy for general assembly, city council, school committees and other local offices has come, and the next three days is when we will find out who will run again and what challengers will come forward.

Before today, What’sUpNewp reported that 6 out of the 7 current Newport City Councilors would be running again for re-election come November.

Justin McLaughlin was the sole Newport City Councilor not to announce before today that he would be running for re-election, What’sUpNewp has confirmed that McLaughlin filed his declaration for re-election this morning at Newport City Hall.

Andy Lavaree, Jamie Bova and former Mayor Harry Winthrop have announced their intent to run as outside candidates against current Newport City Council-At-Large members Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, John Florez, Naomi Neville and Justin Mclaughlin.

Marco Camacho, Lynne Ceglie and Kate Leonard have all expressed intent to run for re-election for each of their wards in November.

June 27, 28 and 29 are the dates in 2016 for filing declarations to be candidates in primaries or to be independent candidates in the general election. Candidates for federal office and independent presidential electors file with the Department of State’s Elections Division. Candidates for gerneral assembly, local offices, district committees and local committees file with local boards of canvassers where the candidate is registered to vote.

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Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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