Keith Hamilton, 51, a member of the Portsmouth Town Council since 2008 is the lone Republican running for Portsmouth Council this year.

WhatsUpNewp has asked each of the candidates throughout Newport County to their positions, and their vision, all helping voters to make important election day decisions. 

If you are a candidate for office and have not received a form, or have misplaced it, please contact frank.prosnitz@gmail.com.

Besides the candidate’s form, WhatsUpNewp is also hosting videocasts with each of the candidates. Visit 2020 Election on our website for a schedule of upcoming videocasts.

Here are Hamilton’s answers to our questions:

Government/political history

  • Current office: Portsmouth Town Council, first elected in 2008.
  • Political Party Affiliation in 2020: Republican
  • Previous elective political positions sought, year and outcomes:  Portsmouth Town Council 2008,2010,2012,2014,2016,2018 – Elected each year

As an incumbent, what are you most proud of:

Calm rational leadership.  Understanding and executing of the budget and helping to set up the current roads program that is repaving our roads.  Also help to negotiate the MOU with RIDEM to bring an end to 25+ years of fighting over sewers in Town.  Lead the purchase of Mount Hope Park.

If elected my three top goals are:

  • Maintain low increases in budget while providing needed improvements.
  • Work with School Department to develop a sensible plan to remodel our schools for the next 30 years.
  • Work with our State and Federal officials to replace our Senior Center.

Employment and Education

  • Technical Sales Engineer, Controls Corporation of America (CONCOA)

Schools and degrees:

  • Portsmouth High School, 1987
  • University of Rhode Island, BA Psychology.  

Frank Prosnitz

Frank Prosnitz brings to WhatsUpNewp several years in journalism, including 10 as editor of the Providence (RI) Business News and 14 years as a reporter and bureau manager at the Providence (RI) Journal. Prosnitz began his journalism career as a sportswriter at the Asbury Park (NJ) Press, moving to The News Tribune (Woodbridge, NJ), before joining the Providence Journal. Prosnitz hosts the Morning Show on WLBQ radio (Westerly), 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, and It’s Your Business, also on WBLQ, Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Prosnitz has twice won Best in Business Awards from the national Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), twice was named Media Advocate of the Year by the Small Business Administration, won an investigative reporter’s award from the New England Press Association, and newswriting award from the Rhode Island Press Association.