Newport, RI – Long-time Newport resident Kevin Michaud has announced his candidacy for an At-Large seat on Newport City Council.

His Announcement

After residing in every ward in the city Kevin Michaud, a Newport local, has decided to run for City Councilor At- Large. Michaud is eager to step up as a part of a younger generation to add creativity to the decision making. As a strong believer in benefiting year round residents, Michaud is set on keeping Newport affordable for all families. Newport is getting ready to roll out a few big projects. Kevin Michaud is ready to work collaboratively to ensure that all projects are successful; the North End revitalization, the Newport Grand project, the bridge ramp realignment, and the school bond. Being a proud member of Newport’s community has only made Kevin Michaud more set on helping improve the city

            Kevin Michaud was raised by his parents, Robert and Joan Michaud. Robert Michaud was a Newport Police Officer for 29.5 years, Kevin’s brother, Patrick Michaud, is currently on the Newport Police Department. Joan Michaud recently retired from the Newport School Department where she worked for 18 years. Due to the Michaud’s background in service, Kevin was taught a strong work ethic at a young age. Growing up Michaud had many jobs; Vaillancourt Meat Market, a caddy at the Newport Country Club, the Newport School Department summer paint team, as well as a traffic aide. Since 2004 he has worked at TF Green Airport in public safety, in addition to being the assistant manager of Easton’s Beach and a part of the event staff for the Fort Adams Trust.

“I believe that the younger generations need to have a voice in our city.” Says Kevin Michaud. “I believe we need people on the City Council who can find creative ways to create revenue and lower taxes.”

Elections will be held on November 3, 2020. For more information about Kevin Michaud please refer to his website at MichaudforNewport.com.


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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