2018-09-06 / Opinion


Affirming Democracy

It’s important to be part of the process and take the time to vote in the upcoming primary election on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Locally, there are three candidates in Newport’s Ward 2 race. It is great to see that we have so many choices for a Newport City Council seat. After the primary, the top two vote-getters will be placed on the November ballot.

At the state level, the Democratic and Republican parties have both put forth three candidates for governor. Incumbent Gina Raimondo will vie for another four-year term. The field of six will be pared to two names as the process of democracy continues. Make your voice and vote count. If you want change, it begins at the primary level.

Our current congressional leaders, Sheldon Whitehouse in the Senate and David Cicilline in the House of Representatives each have Democratic primary opponents. In Republican races, Robert Flanders, Jr. and Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente are running for a Senate seat and Patrick Donovan and Frederick Wysocki for the House.

Even if you know you are unable to make it to the polls next Wednesday, Newport residents can stop in and vote at the canvassing office in city hall, any time from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sept. 11.

All of the local polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the 12th.

Remember to bring photo identification and, most of all, remember that this is a way to affirm our democracy – and that doing it, at every opportunity, is the way to make sure we don’t lose it.

Wednesday, Sept. 12
Tuesday, Nov. 6
Deadline to register to vote in the general election is Oct. 7

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