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Newport, RI – Still not sure what to do or who to vote for when you hit the voting booth on Tuesday? Here’s a look at the local races and some information to help you make a more informed decision.

Need to find your polling location? Want to view your sample ballot? Want to see what Ward you live in? Use the Secretary of State’s Voter Information Center https://vote.sos.ri.gov

Non-Partisan Council – Ward 1 

In this race, Ward 1 voters will vote for one candidate for a two-year term.

In order of how they appear on the ballot.

  • Angela McCalla
  • James Dring
  • Write-In

Incumbent Susan Taylor has represented this Ward for the last two years but has decided to run for an At-Large seat, so both of these candidates are newcomers.

Non- Partisan Council – Ward 2  

In this race, Ward 2 voters will vote for one candidate for a two-year term.

In order of how they appear on the ballot.

  • Valeria A. Larkin
  • Lynn Underwood Ceglie
  • Write-In

Ceglie is the incumbent.

(Ward 1 and Ward 2 Candidate Forum – Oct. 18)

Non-Partisan Council – Ward 3 

There is no challenger in Ward 3, so Ward 3 voters can vote for incumbent Kathryn Leonard or write-in a candidate.

In order of how they appear on the ballot.

  • Kathryn E. Leonard
  • Write-In

Non-Partisan Council At-Large 

In 2002 the electors of Newport voted that there should be four councilors-at-large and one councilor from each of the three wards.  Following each biennial election, the Council-elect holds a caucus to select a Council President/Mayor and Vice President from among its membership.

All Newport voters can vote for any four of the following candidates for a two-year term;

In order of how they appear on the ballot.

  • Jeanne-Marie Napolitano
  • Hugo J. DeAscentis
  • Justin S. McLaughlin
  • Marco T. Camacho
  • Susan D. Taylor
  • Jamie P. Bova
  • Richard Wick Rudd
  • Write-In
  • Write-In
  • Write-In
  • Write-In

Napolitano, Camacho, Taylor,  and Bova are the incumbents.

(At-Large City Council Candidate Forum – Oct. 23)

In September, The Alliance for a Livable Newport posed questions to Newport City Council candidates. View those responses here – City Council Candidate Responses


Non-Partin School Committee 

All Newport voters can vote for any seven of the following candidates for a two-year term;

In order of how they appear on the ballot.

  • Raymond E. Gomes
  • Aida G. Neary
  • David R. Carlin, III
  • Sandra J. Flowers
  • Karlie L. Cesarini
  • Louisa H. Boatwright
  • Robert J. Leary
  • Rebecca Bolan
  • Kathleen M. Silvia
  • Kelly Anne Lohrum
  • Write-In
  • Write-In
  • Write-In
  • Write-In
  • Write-In
  • Write-In
  • Write-In

Gomes, Carlin, Flowers, Bolan, and Silvia are he incumbents.

(School Committee Candidate Forum – Oct. 16)

 

In September, The Alliance for a Livable Newport posed questions to Newport School Committee candidates. View those responses here – School Committee Candidate Responses 

For more information and details on The Alliance For A Livable Newport, visit www.newportalliance.org.

To review what’s on your November 6th ballot, visit www.vote.sos.ri.gov.

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