When Newport City Council meets tonight at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, will it be Jeanne-Marie Napolitano’s last meeting as Mayor?

It may or may not be.

While election results are still unofficial and more than 1,300 absentee and emergency ballots still need to be counted, current Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napoliano and former Mayor Harry Winthrop are reportedly beginning to make phone calls and set up meetings in hopes to gain support to become Mayor in December.

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 seven City Council members from among the four at-large councilors, Napolitano and Winthrop are looking for support from three other members of the Council.

The possible next City Council will be made up of Harry Winthrop, Jeanne Marie Napolitano, Jamie Bova, John Florez, Susan Taylor (1st ward), Lynn Ceglie (2nd ward) and Kate Leonard (3rd ward). Inauguration for the new City Council is scheduled for December 4th.

Two things to watch here

  1. Only 116 votes separate John Florez (#4 vote getter) and Justin McLaughin (#5 vote getter). How each of these candidates treated absentee and emergency ballots could see a change here.
  2. Only 104 votes separate Susan Taylor and Marco Camacho in Ward 1, how many absentee and emergency ballots came out of that area? Are there enough out there to swing this race either way?

If the absentee and emergency ballots change the current outcome, it will impact the support of who becomes the next Mayor.

Rhode Island Board Of Elections has stated that “Mail ballot certification to continue tomorrow Nov. 10 at noon at 50 Branch Ave in Providence.”

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