Election 2022

Chris Logan, a candidate for Middletown Town Council, joined What’sUpNewp for a live virtual video conversation on Thursday, October 13 at 11 am.

During the interview, we introduce/re-introduce you to Chris, talk about his time on the council, and hear his thoughts on regionalization and priorities.

Watch the interview below.

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WUN-ON-ONE: A conversation with Xay Khamsyvoravong, Newport’s next Mayor

Xaykham Rexford Khamsyvoravong, “Xay” (pronounced “Sigh”) for short, joined What’sUpNewp for a one-on-one live virtual video conversation on Friday. Xay was the top vote-getter for Newport City Council At-Large in last week’s election and was chosen among Newport City Council-elect earlier this week to serve as the Chair/Mayor beginning in December. During the 40-minute conversation,…

Progressives had tough elections in Rhode Island in 2022

It would appear that one major takeaway from the 2022 election – nationally, statewide and locally – is that the extremes did not do very well.  In Rhode Island, while Democrats took all statewide general officer positions and again solidly maintained control of the state Senate and state House of Representatives, members of the Rhode…

2022 Election Results: Middletown Town Council and School Committee

Results will begin to display after the polls close on November 08, 2022 at 8:00 PM. Updates will occur every 5-10 minutes as new data becomes available. Unofficial results: Updated November 15, 2022 04:20 PM 5 of 5 polling places reporting (100%) Non-Partisan Town Council Town of Middletown 7 to elect CandidateBallot breakoutTotal votesPctPeter D. Connerton,…


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