Earlier this evening, David C. Hanos, Jr., Chairperson of the Newport School Committee, resigned from the Newport School Committee during a special meeting of the Newport School Committee.

Hanos told What’sUpNewp that he told his colleagues tonight during a special Newport School Committee Meeting that he would be resigning as of 5 pm today as Chair and from the School Committee. Hanos cites personal reasons for his resignment from the committee and for his withdrawal from the upcoming School Committee race.

Hanos was first elected to the School Committee in 2014 and elected Chair in 2016.

Because of how close the upcoming General Election is, there will not be a special election to fill his seat on the committee. Raymond Gomes, Vice Chairperson; Kathleen Silvia; David Carlin III; Sandra J. Flowers, Ph.D.; Jo Eva Gaines; and Rebecca Bolan are among those remaining on the School Committee. Remaining School Committee members may appoint a temporary chair to fulfill the remainder of the term.

With Hanos, Veronica Rynn , and Francis Landry dropping out of the race after declaring their candidacy, Karlie Cesarini, Sandra Flowers, Aida Neary, David Carlin III, Rebecca Bolan, Louisa Boatwright, Kathleen Silvia, Raymond Gomes, Robert Leary, and Kelly Lohrum will be among those looking to be elected to the seven-person School Committee on November 11th.

Hanos, recently retired from the Newport Fire Department after more than 23 years and is also the owner of DC Hanos Contracting, LLC, a steel fabrication, and repair business that was started by his father in 1971.

Editor’s Note – This story was updated at 10:24 am on August 1st to add Francis Landry to those who are no longer running for Newport School Committee. We incorrectly reported that he was still running for School Committee in our original story, we apologize for this error.