First Ward Newport City Councilor Angela McCalla announced on her Facebook Page on Tuesday night that she will seek re-election this fall.

“Yes! I am running again! The work is not done yet. I have invested my time in listening and ensuring that all voices are brought to the table in the First Ward. I still have more work to do.This is about the vision for the future of our city. I want a unified Newport with families and year-round residents, and an expanded economic portfolio. I will continue to listen to you and bring solutions to you. If I cannot find a solution, I will continue to fight for you. Join me in this movement”.

McCalla included this link for supporters to donate to her campaign.

Update – On Thursday, What’s Up Newp received the following press release where McCalla announced her re-election bid for City Council First Ward.

Angela McCalla announced today her candidacy for reelection to the Newport First Ward Councilor seat. Her campaign will continue to focus on bringing a new generation of leadership to our great City; while prioritizing the future of the City’s public education system; the fiscal health of the City to protect our taxpayers; and refocusing the City on meeting the needs of its residents first. 

“It’s time to step up and get directly involved in making our future better for everyone who lives in Newport,” said McCalla. “There’s so much going on in the world right now, and I believe it is my duty to help. I want to give back to this community that has welcomed my family and me by putting my background in social services to work for the benefit of all our residents. If the voters of Newport continue to put their faith in me, I will continue to represent them with integrity, competence, and a passion for making our community better.” 

McCalla’s vision for the City has three elements. First, the City must put the needs of its residents first. Economic development is important for our city and we must closely examine development proposals to ensure that these initiatives do not have a negative impact on our residents and our neighborhoods. Second, we need to restore the quality of our public schools. We have let them slip into a state of disrepair that is simply unacceptable. We need to start by supporting our school construction bond this November. Third, we need to immediately create a plan to reduce the tax burden for owner-occupied homes in Newport. Lets put in place some form of a homestead exemption that can reduce the burden for all our year round residents. 

McCalla is employed at Child and Family where she works recruiting and training Foster Care families. McCalla has been a member of the National Home Visiting Collaborative and Innovation Network, former Treasurer for the Rhode Island Young Professionals. Angela has also served on the Board of Directors for Lucy’s Hearth and Sankofa Connections. She was also a member of the Parent Advisory Council Committee with Newport Public Schools, the North End Neighborhood Association, and the Point Association. 

During McCalla’s term on the council she has acted as the council liaison Affirmative Action Commission, School Liaison Committee, Energy & Environment Commission, Legislative Liaison, Miantonomi Park Commission, Newport Public Education Foundation. As a resident of the First Ward,she has particularly been a watchdog for the city’s North End Urban Development working group, always bringing the concerns of residents of the First Ward to the table. 

Angela lives with her wife Allyson and has a son Ezra (19), who is a student at Howard University. She holds a master’s degree in business administration, concentrating in finance. She also has a bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College in psychology and chemical dependency/ addiction studies. 

“I know we can work together to unify Newport around a singular vision for the future in which our residents come first. We need the benefits derived from great public schools, a modern infrastructure, and intelligently-planned economic development that enhances our City and benefits our neighborhoods by helping keep our taxes lower,” said McCalla. “We all want to imagine a Newport for our children that is even better than the one we’ve been fortunate enough to call home, and I truly believe that, together, we can make that vision a reality.” 

The 2020 election season is officially underway, as candidates for local, statewide, and legislative seats begin to file their declarations of candidacy this week.

Those wishing to run for General Assembly or local offices must file with the local board of canvassers in the town in which they are registered to vote between June 22 and June 24.

Those declaring to run for U.S. Senate or U.S. House of Representatives must file with the Department of State’s Elections Division, 148 West River St., Providence.

Party endorsements are due by June 26 for U.S. Senate and U.S. House, and June 25 for all local and General Assembly races.

The next major step for candidate is picking up nomination papers from local canvassers on June 30 and returning them with the required number of signatures by July 10.

For local offices, the number of signatures is set by the Canvassing Authorities and may vary by community.

For General Assembly seats, Senatorial candidates must collect 100 signatures, House of Representative candidates, 50. For U.S. Senate the minimum is 1,000 and U.S. Representatives, 500.

The deadline for individuals to withdraw their candidacies is July 13, otherwise their name appears on the ballot, even if they decide not to run.

All this leads to the primary election on Sept. 8, and the general election on Nov. 3. The deadline to register to vote for the primary is August 9, for the general election, Oct. 4.

Follow our 2020 Election Coverage here and here – Who’s running for office in Newport County? List of local and state candidates is here

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