Newport resident Charlie Holder today announced his candidacy for the 2nd Ward Seat on Newport City Council.

The announcement came via his Facebook profile, “I am very excited to announce my candidacy for the 2nd Ward City Council seat. I feel the time is right for a new voice, a local voice, a business voice! More info for volunteers and donation to be coming shortly.Thank you and I look forward to the challenge!”

Lynn Ceglie currently represents the Second Ward on Newport City Council. Ceglie has not publicly announced her re-election plans yet.

Holder, who has nearly 40 years of experience working in the hospitality industry, is the current operations manager for Midtown Oyster Bar and Surf Club Newport. Holder has managed some of the busiest restaurants in Newport, including OceanCliff Hotel and the Atlantic Beach Club.

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The RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) in February appointed Holder to its Board of Directors.

Holder is also a member of the Newport Chamber of Commerce and the Newport Restaurant, Lodging and Tourism Association.


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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