Newport, RI – On Tuesday, voters narrowed the field in spirited Newport City Council and state Representative races throughout Aquidneck Island.

There are 19 candidates running for Newport City Council, 12 running for the four at-large seats. Today’s election will reduce the number of at-large candidates in the non-partisan race from 12 to eight, for four seats. There is also a primary in Ward three, with three candidates vying for two spots in the general election.

The candidates in Ward three are incumbent Kathryn Leonard and Rachel Hussey and Paul Marshall.

There was no primary for ward seats in Ward 2 or Ward 1. Candidates for Ward 2 (Charles Holder and Kim Salerno) and candidates for Ward 1 (Angela McCalla and Hugo DeAscentis Jr.) will appear on the November 3rd ballot.

Running for at-large seats are Derek Grinkin, Elizabeth Cullen, Elizabeth Fuerte, Councilwoman and Mayor Jamie Bova, Councilwoman Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, Councilman Justin McLaughlin, Kevin Michaud. Councilwoman Lynn Ceglie (currently represents Ward 2), Meagan Landry, Olga Enger, Councilwoman Susan Taylor, and William Kimes.

Update: 5 pm on September 10th – The Board of Elections has released the following unofficial final numbers.

Unofficial results: Updated September 10, 2020 05:02 PM7 of 7 precincts reporting (100%)Show ballot breakout

Non-Partisan Council-At-Large CITY OF NEWPORT

4 to elect, 8 move on to November

CandidateBallot breakoutTotal votesPct
Jamie P. BovaPolling place: 668Mail ballots: 718Emergency ballots: 116150214.5%
Jeanne-Marie NapolitanoPolling place: 623Mail ballots: 498Emergency ballots: 88120911.7%
Susan D. TaylorPolling place: 527Mail ballots: 558Emergency ballots: 87117211.3%
Lynn Underwood CegliePolling place: 536Mail ballots: 480Emergency ballots: 85110110.6%
Justin S. McLaughlinPolling place: 452Mail ballots: 420Emergency ballots: 549268.9%
Kevin MichaudPolling place: 593Mail ballots: 248Emergency ballots: 779188.9%
Elizabeth FuertePolling place: 370Mail ballots: 395Emergency ballots: 528177.9%
Elizabeth Evans CullenPolling place: 332Mail ballots: 326Emergency ballots: 416996.7%
William E. KimesPolling place: 338Mail ballots: 246Emergency ballots: 566406.2%
Meagan E. LandryPolling place: 360Mail ballots: 216Emergency ballots: 456216.0%
Olga H. EngerPolling place: 239Mail ballots: 199Emergency ballots: 264644.5%
Derek W. GrinkinPolling place: 188Mail ballots: 79Emergency ballots: 202872.8%

Non-Partisan Council Ward 3 Newport

1 to elect, 2 move on to November

CandidateBallot breakoutTotal votesPct
Paul E. MarshallPolling place: 379Mail ballots: 221Emergency ballots: 3463455.9%
Kathryn E. LeonardPolling place: 245Mail ballots: 164Emergency ballots: 3344239.0%
Rachel S. HusseyPolling place: 24Mail ballots: 30Emergency ballots: 4585.1%

Come November, there will also be a race in Ward 2 (Charlie Holder vs. Kim Salerno) and Ward 1 (Angela McCalla vs. Hugo DeAscentis.

Update: 1:30 pm on September 10th – The Board of Elections is currently tabulating remaining mail ballots and expects to be finished this afternoon. We will share the results here when we receive them.

Update: 9 am on September 10th – We’re expected a mail ballot update, new totals by end of the day today.

Update: 2 pm on September 9th

State of Rhode Island Board of Election has updated data, these numbers now include early in-person “emergency” votes. They do not include mail-in ballots, those are expected on Thursday.

Unofficial results: Updated September 09, 2020 01:08 PM7 of 7 precincts reporting (100%)

Non-Partisan Council-At-Large CITY OF NEWPORT

4 to elect, top 8 move on to General Election

CandidateBallot breakoutTotal votesPct
Jamie P. BovaPolling place: 668Mail ballots: 0Emergency ballots: 11678413.1%
Jeanne-Marie NapolitanoPolling place: 623Mail ballots: 0Emergency ballots: 8871111.9%
Kevin MichaudPolling place: 593Mail ballots: 0Emergency ballots: 7767011.2%
Lynn Underwood CegliePolling place: 536Mail ballots: 0Emergency ballots: 8562110.4%
Susan D. TaylorPolling place: 527Mail ballots: 0Emergency ballots: 8761410.3%
Justin S. McLaughlinPolling place: 452Mail ballots: 0Emergency ballots: 545068.5%
Elizabeth FuertePolling place: 370Mail ballots: 0Emergency ballots: 524227.1%
Meagan E. LandryPolling place: 360Mail ballots: 0Emergency ballots: 454056.8%
William E. KimesPolling place: 338Mail ballots: 0Emergency ballots: 563946.6%
Elizabeth Evans CullenPolling place: 332Mail ballots: 0Emergency ballots: 413736.2%
Olga H. EngerPolling place: 239Mail ballots: 0Emergency ballots: 262654.4%
Derek W. GrinkinPolling place: 188Mail ballots: 0Emergency ballots: 202083.5%
CandidateTotal votesPct
Jamie P. Bova78413.1%
Jeanne-Marie Napolitano71111.9%
Kevin Michaud67011.2%
Lynn Underwood Ceglie62110.4%
Susan D. Taylor61410.3%
Justin S. McLaughlin5068.5%
Elizabeth Fuerte4227.1%
Meagan E. Landry4056.8%
William E. Kimes3946.6%
Elizabeth Evans Cullen3736.2%
Olga H. Enger2654.4%
Derek W. Grinkin2083.5%

Non-Partisan Council Ward 3 Newport

1 to elect, top two move on to General Election

Non-Partisan Council Ward 3 Newport

CandidateBallot breakoutTotal votesPct
Paul E. MarshallPolling place: 379Mail ballots: 0Emergency ballots: 3441357.4%
Kathryn E. LeonardPolling place: 245Mail ballots: 0Emergency ballots: 3327838.7%
Rachel S. HusseyPolling place: 24Mail ballots: 0Emergency ballots: 4283.9%
CandidateTotal votesPct
Paul E. Marshall41357.4%
Kathryn E. Leonard27838.7%
Rachel S. Hussey283.9%

Update: 8 am on September 9th

We have unofficial primary poll numbers, but we’re still waiting on early in-person votes and mail ballot results (both totals are larger than usual due to COVID-19). Tomorrow will be the earliest that we have unofficial final results, here’s what we know now…

In the District 71 (Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton) race, Michelle McGaw leads John Edwards V. 462 votes to 139.

In the District 72 (Portsmouth, Middletown) race, incumbent Terri-Denise Cortvriend leads Christopher Semonelli 359 votes to 111..

In the District 74 (Middletown, Jamestown) race, incumbent Deborah L. Ruggiero leads Henry “Rick” Lombardi, Jr. 343 votes to 127.

In Newport, here’s What’s Up Newp has dug up for data at this time…

  • 1,553 voted at polling locations in Newport on Tuesday.
  • The City of Newport had 1,602 applications for mail ballots – 386 were requested in Ward 1, 652 in Ward 2, and 564 in Ward 3. Mail ballot applications still need to be counted, expect totals on Thursday.
  • A total of 165 mail ballots were collected at City Hall on Thursday, Friday, and Tuesday. These still need to be counted, expect totals on Thursday.
  • 204 votes were cast early in-person voting at City Hall prior to Tuesday. These still need to be added to the total, expect totals on Wednesday.
  • As of August 24, 2020, there were 15,578 registered voters in Newport.

In the race for Newport City Council At-Large, here’s the order right now (top 8 will move on to November)…

  1. Jamie Bova – 668 votes
  2. Jeanne-Marie Napolitano – 623 
  3. Kevin Michaud – 593
  4. Lynn Underwood Ceglie – 536
  5. Susan Taylor – 527
  6. Justin McLaughlin – 452
  7. Elizabeth Fuerte – 370
  8. Meagan Landry – 360
  9. William Kimes – 338
  10. Elizabeth “Beth” Evans Cullen – 332
  11. Olga Enger – 239
  12. Derek Grinkin – 188

In the race for Newport City Council, here’s the order right now (top 2 will move on to November)…

  1. Paul Marshall – 379 votes
  2. Kathryn “Kate” Leonard – 245
  3. Rachel Hussey – 24

We’ll have a much clearer picture of what candidates are moving forward sometime on Thursday.

At 1:30 pm on Friday, the Newport Board of Canvassers will qualify provisional ballots and will conduct a lottery to determine the position upon the November 3rd, General Election ballot of the names of the candidates for the Newport City Council AtLarge, the candidates for the three Newport City Council Wards, and the candidates for the Newport School Committee; pursuant to Section 3-5 of the Newport City Charter.

Update: 9:40 pm on September 8th

Rhode Island Board of Elections released the following statement at 9:40 pm on Tuesday night; Board of Elections expects to release primary results by category over the next several days

Update: 8 pm on September 8th

Unofficial results and previous election results (for comparison) are posted below. Scroll down to see them. Please note these results are unofficial until certified by the Rhode Island Board of Elections. These totals do not include early in-person votes or mail ballots. Unofficial final results are expected on Thursday or Friday.

LIVE ON WUN: 8 pm on September 8th

2020 Statewide Primary | Sept. 8, 2020

The City of Newport had 1602 applications for mail ballots. Tracy Nelson, Canvassing Clerk for the City of Newport, told What’s Up Newp this morning that they have started tallying them, but probably will not be finished until Thursday afternoon/Friday morning.

As far as the breakdown for the 1602 applications for mail ballots, 386 were requested in Ward 1, 652 in Ward 2, and 564 in Ward 3.

According to Nelson, ahead of today, they had 204 votes early in-person at the city hall.“Tonight after 8pm the results from the 6 polling locations will be transmitted. We will transmit the results from the early voting tomorrow morning around 9am. And then the mail ballot totals will be added once BOE finishes scanning them (Thurs/Fri). That is when we will have unofficial final results,” Nelson wrote to What’s Up Newp.

According to Nelson, 1,553 voted at polling locations on Tuesday.

Non-Partisan Council-At-Large CITY OF NEWPORT

Unofficial results: Updated September 08, 2020 08:16 PM7 of 7 precincts reporting (100%)

4 to elect

CandidateTotal votesPct
Jamie P. Bova66812.8%
Jeanne-Marie Napolitano62311.9%
Kevin Michaud59311.3%
Lynn Underwood Ceglie53610.3%
Susan D. Taylor52710.1%
Justin S. McLaughlin4528.6%
Elizabeth Fuerte3707.1%
Meagan E. Landry3606.9%
William E. Kimes3386.5%
Elizabeth Evans Cullen3326.4%
Olga H. Enger2394.6%
Derek W. Grinkin1883.6%

Non-Partisan Council Ward 3 Newport

Unofficial results: Updated September 08, 2020 08:16 PM7 of 7 precincts reporting (100%)

CandidateTotal votesPct
Paul E. Marshall37958.5%
Kathryn E. Leonard24537.8%
Rachel S. Hussey243.7%

Previous Updates

Update: 5:38 pm

The Rhode Island Board of Elections announced that unofficial primary results for polling places will be available beginning at 8 pm tonight at ri.gov/election/resul… “Emergency voting results will be available tomorrow. We expect mail ballot results to be available by Thursday, after all ballots placed in drop boxes are tabulated.”

Update: 2:45 pm

857 voters have checked in at polls in Newport so far today, according to Tracy Nelson, Canvassing Cleark/Elections Administrator for the City of Newport.

As of the 1 pm, 165 mail ballots have been collected from the dropbox at Newport City Hall.

Polls are open until 8 pm this evening. Voters can refer to the Secretary of State’s website for information about their voting status and polling places.

Update: 10:50 AM

The City of Newport had 1602 applications for mail ballots. Tracy Nelson, Canvassing Clerk for the City of Newport, told What’s Up Newp this morning that they have started tallying them, but probably will not be finished until Thursday afternoon/Friday morning.

As far as the breakdown for the 1602 applications for mail ballots, 386 were requested in Ward 1, 652 in Ward 2, and 564 in Ward 3.

According to Nelson, ahead of today, they had 204 votes early in-person at the city hall.“Tonight after 8pm the results from the 6 polling locations will be transmitted. We will transmit the results from the early voting tomorrow morning around 9am. And then the mail ballot totals will be added once BOE finishes scanning them (Thurs/Fri). That is when we will have unofficial final results,” Nelson wrote to What’s Up Newp.

Frank Prosnitz and Ryan Belmore will be breaking down the results and numbers beginning at 8 pm live tonight via video on our Facebook Page and website.

Previous Results: Newport City Council

2018 General Election | Nov. 6, 2018

Non-Partisan Council-At-Large

(4 to elect)

CandidateBallot breakoutTotal votesPct
Jeanne-Marie NapolitanoPolling place: 4047 Mail ballots: 508455519.3%
Jamie P. BovaPolling place: 3564 Mail ballots: 383394716.8%
Susan D. TaylorPolling place: 3354 Mail ballots: 425377916.0%
Justin S. McLaughlinPolling place: 3049 Mail ballots: 389343814.6%
Richard Wick RuddPolling place: 2604 Mail ballots: 241284512.1%
Marco T. CamachoPolling place: 2313 Mail ballots: 244255710.9%
Hugo J. DeAscentisPolling place: 2074 Mail ballots: 24523199.8%
WRITE-INPolling place: 106 Mail ballots: 131190.5%

Non-Partisan Council Ward 1

(1 to elect)

CandidateBallot breakoutTotal votesPct
Angela McCallaPolling place: 1021 Mail ballots: 123114459.7%
James A. DringPolling place: 716 Mail ballots: 5276840.1%
WRITE-INPolling place: 3 Mail ballots: 140.2%

Non-Partisan Council Ward 2

(1 to elect)

CandidateBallot breakoutTotal votesPct
Lynn Underwood CegliePolling place: 1450 Mail ballots: 150160059.6%
Valerie A. LarkinPolling place: 964 Mail ballots: 102106639.7%
WRITE-INPolling place: 17 Mail ballots: 1180.7%

Non-Partisan Council Ward 3

(1 to elect)

CandidateBallot breakoutTotal votesPct
Kathryn E. LeonardPolling place: 1707 Mail ballots: 240194796.6%
WRITE-INPolling place: 63 Mail ballots: 6693.4%

2018 Statewide Primary | Sept. 12, 2018

In the 2018 Statewide Primary, there was a primary for the Ward 2 seat on Newport City Council. In that race, 1851 total votes (1775 at a polling place, 76 by mail) were cast.

Non-Partisan Council Ward 2

CandidateTotal votesPct
Lynn Underwood Ceglie66155.5%
Valerie A. Larkin32227.1%
Liam P. Barry20717.4%

2016 General Election | Nov. 8, 2016

Non-Partisan Council-At-Large

(4 to elect)

CandidateTotal votesPct
Henry F. Winthrop507020.8%
Jeanne Marie Napolitano490120.1%
Jamie P. Bova409416.8%
John F. Florez391816.1%
Justin S. McLaughlin376415.5%
Kimberly L. Shute13835.7%
Claude Andrews Lavarre10924.5%
WRITE-IN1170.5%

Non-Partisan Council Ward 1

(1 to elect)

CandidateTotal votesPct
Susan D. Taylor108152.8%
Marco T. Camacho95546.7%
WRITE-IN100.5%

Non-Partisan Council Ward 2

(1 to elect)

CandidateTotal votesPct
Lynn Underwood Ceglie225598.2%
WRITE-IN411.8%

Non-Partisan Council Ward 3

(1 to elect)

CandidateTotal votesPct
Kathryn E. Leonard196396.8%
WRITE-IN643.2%

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