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Here we share an election profile for Hugo DeAscentis Jr., who is seeking election on Newport City Council At-Large Ward 1.
Hugo J. DeAscentis Jr.
Current office (if none, please note none. Please note when elected initially, ex: Town Council, 1964):
Currently None – Former elected member of Newport School Committee serving 13 years.
Previous political/government elected offices held, and years:
Former elected member of Newport School Committee serving a total of 13 years with last term ending December 2010.
Previous or current appointed government positions (including boards and commissions):
Interest in public office began after serving on Newport’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan (mid 1990’s)
Political Party Affiliation in 2020:
Unaffiliated (Newport elections are non partisan)
Previous political party affiliation if different from above:
Previous elective political positions sought, year and outcomes:
November 2018, unsuccessful run for Newport City Council at large
If applicable: As an incumbent, I am most proud of:
Not presently an incumbent but very proud of all the past work accomplished with my fellow members of the Newport School Committee.
If elected my three top goals are:
- Keeping Newport citizens aware of all planning and resulting decisions regarding activities within the City of Newport. Promote citizen awareness and involvement in “their” local government.
- Keep Newport small, manageable, desirable, and affordable.
- Ensuring that the City of Newport is able to continually and fully operate given the severe challenges of COVID19.
Employment and Education
My current employment, including title, is:
Retired after a 40 year career testing, analyzing, and providing safe public drinking water
Schools and degrees:
Attended Newport Public School K-12
1972 graduate Newport’s Rogers High School
1976 Graduate University of Rhode Island double concentration Biology/Psychology
Certified RIDOH Full Level 4 Treatment Operator license
Certified RIDOH Full Level 4 Distribution Operator license
Certified RIDOH Level 2 Assessor (drinking water operations review)
Professional organizations, please not leadership positions:
Current member of various professional water industry organizations
Past member of various professional School Board Associations
Awards of recognitions associated with work:
Lifetime member AWWA
Non-profit community organization affiliations and any leadership positions;
Past president Coggeshall Elementary School PTO
Past Newport recreation department youth soccer coach
Past Newport Little League Team Manager
Awards of recognitions associated with volunteer work: