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Change. It’s coming soon to the Newport City Council and Newport School Committee, according to unofficial results from the Rhode Island Board of Directions.

Note: Rhode Island Board Of Elections says that Mail ballots will continue to be tabulated tomorrow and possibly Thursday. When finished, the results will be added.

On December 4th, our local Inauguration Day, Newport City Council will say goodbye to Naomi Neville and Just McLaughlin, welcome Jamie Bova and will welcome back Harry Winthrop.

Voters had the option to choose four out of seven candidates (or write-in their own candidate) to fill the four At-Large seats on the Newport City Council. It should be noted that one of those candidates, Kimberly L. Shute, has dropped out of the race.

Jamie Bova, Claude Andrews Lavarre and Henry Winthrop ran against current City Councilors – John Florez, Jeanne Marie Napolitano and Justin McLaughlin. While Lynn Ceglie, Ward 2, and Kate Leonard, Ward 3, ran unopposed.

According to unofficial results Winthrop, Napolitano, Bova and Florez have been the four chosen to fill the four empty seats on City Council.

Non-Partisan Council-At-Large City of Newport

4 to elect
Candidate Total votes Pct
Henry F. Winthrop 4481 21.1%
Jeanne Marie Napolitano 4196 19.7%
Jamie P. Bova 3659 17.2%
John F. Florez 3410 16.0%
Justin S. McLaughlin 3294 15.5%
Kimberly L. Shute 1159 5.5%
Claude Andrews Lavarre 959 4.5%

Those who live in the 1st Ward of Newport had the choice between Marco Camacho and Susan Taylor.

According to unofficial results, Taylor has walked away victorious.

Non-Partisan Council Newport Ward 1

Candidate Total votes Pct
Susan D. Taylor 979 52.5%
Marco T. Camacho 875 47.0%
WRITE-IN 9 0.5%

Voters had the option to choose seven out of twelve candidates (and the option to write-in their own candidate) to fill the seven At-Large seats on the Newport School Committee.

Adrienne Haylor, Ray Gomes, Jennifer Jackson, Henry Kniskern and Thomas Phelan ran against current Newport School Committee Members – Rebecca Bolan, David Carlin, Sandra Flowers, Jo Eva Gaines, David Hanos Jr.,  Robert Leary and Kathleen Silvia.

According to unofficial results; Gomes, Silvia, Gaines, Bolan, Flowers, Carlin and Hanos will represent the seven empty seats on Newport School Committee.

Non-Partisan School Committee City of Newport

7 to elect
Candidate Total votes Pct
Raymond E. Gomes 3411 11.0%
Kathleen M. Silvia 3228 10.4%
Jo Eva Gaines 3042 9.8%
Rebecca Bolan 2988 9.6%
Sandra J. Flowers 2835 9.2%
David R. Carlin, III 2743 8.9%
David Charles Hanos, Jr. 2476 8.0%
Robert J. Leary 2445 7.9%
Jennifer Elizabeth Jackson 2035 6.6%
Henry P. Kniskern 2034 6.6%
Thomas S. Phelan 1882 6.1%
Adrienne Clemente Haylor 1764 5.7%
WRITE-IN 82 0.3%

All seats are for two-year terms.

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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