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Incumbents Reign in Middletown Races


In a race that included 11 challengers, including many political newcomers, the unofficial tally showed all six of the Middletown Town Council incumbents being re-elected...

Middletown Council Candidates


. . ELECTION COVERAGE 2020 . . . Terri Flynn is a property owner/ manager, she is 59 years old and has lived in Middletown...

Taxes and Housing Dominate Town Council Forum


Evan Smith, upper left corner, was the moderator for the second of two Middletown Town Council candidate forums. Opening remarks were given by Lynne Tungett...

Town Council Incumbents, Challengers Make Their Case


By Christopher Allen Nine of the 17 candidates for the Middletown Town Council convened for an hour-long Zoom forum on Aug. 28 to stake their...

Terri Flynn for Town Council


Voters Decide Values for Future To the Editor: As the majority of sitting Middletown Town Councilors continue to mislead voters with baseless accusations, false achievement claims...

Lawrence Frank for Town Council


There are many systemic problems confronting Middletown. Affordable housing, declining year round population, property taxes, and education among others. Here are my thoughts on what...

Thomas Heaney, Jr. for Town Council


I am Tom Heaney and running for a seat on the Middletown Town Council. I was not born here but consider myself a native, having...

Gregory Huet for Town Council


June 21, 2020, I filed the required documents with the Town of Middletown to declare my candidacy for Town Council. After relocating to Middletown in...

Chris Logan for Town Council


I am a lifelong Islander; my success is directly attributed to the people and my experiences growing up in Middletown. Middletown is a great place...

Audrey MacLeod-Pfeiffer for Town Council


My name is Audrey MacLeod-Pfeiffer and I am a candidate for Middletown Town Council. My husband Donald and I raised our children here and have...

James Miller for Town Council


Hello, my name is Jim Miller and I am very proud to be running for Middletown Town Council. For over 30 years my wife, Kim...

Paul Rodrigues for Town Council


No statement provided at this time.

M. Theresa Santos for Town Council


May I begin with thanking all the Middletown residents who have supported me for many years.  Middletown is a wonderful place to live, having lived...

Robert Sylvia for Town Council


I am running for re-election because we need to stay on a trajectory of success. But first I want to thank every resident for working with me...

Daniel Titus for Town Council


Our town is so amazing. Filled with remarkable people and beautiful places.  People who live in our town and work hard every day to make...

Dennis Turano for Town Council


Vote for Dennis Turano and Get the Whole Story I want to thank the residents of Middletown for your support over the past 4 years....

Kathleen Ventura for Town Council


I am running for Town Council in Middletown, RI. I feel the town would benefit from having the perspective of a working mom of 2...

Antone Viveiros for Town Council


I, Antone C, Viveiros, a candidacy for re-election to the Middletown Town Council, ask you for the privilege to be a “service to “and “a...

Barbara VonVillas for Town Council


In my first run for the Middletown Town Council 12 years ago, I based my reasoning on the need for civility. I had consistently observed...

Art Weber for Town Council


Art Weber Candidate Statement I am again a candidate for the Middletown Town Council because I believe that the main responsibility of town government is...

Tom Welch for Town Council


I’m Tom Welch and I am running for Middletown Town Council. My wife Cheryl and I are life-long residents of Middletown, where we, and our...

Incumbents Reign in Middletown Races


In a race that included 11 challengers, including many political newcomers, the unofficial tally showed all six of the Middletown Town Council incumbents being re-elected...

Candidate Forum Videos


  The Middletown Council Candidate Forums were held in two 90-minute sessions. They were moderated by Evan Smith, CEO of Discover Newport and Heather Strout,...

Middletown School Committee Candidates


. . ELECTION COVERAGE 2020 . . . Frances Moldveen Connolly is a substitute teacher for Middletown Public Schools, she is 42 years old and...

Middletown School Committee Hopefuls Lay Out Their Vision


By Christopher Allen It has been four years since the three incumbents of the Middletown School Committee faced a re-election challenge. But this year, because...

Middletown School Committee Forum


Middletown School Committee (recorded Sept. 17, 2020)  Five candidates for two vacant seats: Vanessa Ellermann, Tami Holden, Frances Moldveen, Bill O’Connell, Cindy Perry Moderator...

Vanessa Ellermann for Midd. School Committee


Fresh Perspective with Ellermann for School Committee “Public schools are facing unprecedented challenges due to the pandemic, social unrest, and economic uncertainty. Change is at...

Tami Holden for Midd. School Committee


“As our Middletown schools face many crucial challenges in the near future, I want to be a part of the team who works to ensure...

Frances Connolly Moldveen for Midd. School Committee


Middletown Public Schools have been tasked with a unique student body.  It is comprised of local families, transient families, non-English speaking families, and a wide...

William O’Connell for Midd. School Committee


A challenge is always a good thing.  I am incumbent running for my fourth term.  The COVID-19 pandemic (and now 24/7 coverage of case-demics) has...

Cynthia Perry for Midd. School Committee


I arrived in Newport Rhode Island in the fall of 1982 as a recent college graduate to attend Naval Officer Candidate School (OCS). I was...

Jamie Bova Not Seeking Reelection


In 2016, I launched my campaign for City Council as a 26-year-old engineer with the slogan “A new perspective for Newport.” Since then, Newport residents...

Landry Learned Much as Write-In Candidate


It wasn’t Meagan Landry’s idea to embark on a write-in campaign for Newport City Council, something that has almost never been successful. The first-time candidate...

Recount Looms for Final At-Large Seat


Three incumbents will likely return to the Newport City Council, while less than one percent separated three other candidates for the final seat in a...

Holder, Leonard Hold Thin Leads in Ward Races


Charlie Holder and Kathryn Leonard held leads in their respective Newport City Council races as Election Day drew to a close, but it remained to...

Newport At Large Council Candidates


. . ELECTION COVERAGE 2020 . . . Jamie Bova Candidates were asked to list their top priorities in 20 words or less and answer...

Newport Ward Council Candidates


Hugo DeAscentis Ward 1 Candidates Hugo DeAscentis is recently retired, he is 67 years old and has lived in Newport his whole life. hjdea@aol.com Campaign...

Newport City Council Wards Forum


Newport City Council – Wards (recorded Oct. 1, 2020) Candidates for First Ward: Hugo DeAscantis & Angela McCalla Second Ward: Charlie Holder & Kim Salerno...

McLaughlin Withdraws from Council Contest


— NTW Staff Newport City Councilor Justin S. McLaughlin has informed voting officials of his decision to withdraw from the 2020 at-large council race. The...

Newport City Council At Large Forum – General Election


Newport City Council – At Large (recorded Sept. 24, 2020) Seven candidates for four seats: Jamie Bova, Lynn Underwood Ceglie, Elizabeth “Beth” Cullen, Elizabeth Fuerte,...

At Large Candidates Have Their Say (Primary)


By James Merolla Two one-hour virtual forums took place on Aug. 19 and Aug. 20 among the 12 At Large candidates for Newport City Council....

Jamie Bova for City Council – At Large


June 21, 2020 Newport, RI Newport City Council Chair and Mayor Jamie Bova announced her re-election campaign Sunday evening in her constituent newsletter.  “During my...

Lynn Underwood Ceglie for City Council – At Large


Lynn Underwood Ceglie is announcing her intention to run for re-election to the Newport City Council At-Large.   “It has been an honor to represent...

Beth Cullen for City Council – At Large


September is waning, 2,000 Newporters have already applied for a mail-in ballot. Have you? Before it is off to the races in what is sure...

Elizabeth Fuerte for City Council – At Large


I am Elizabeth Fuerte and I am announcing my candidacy for Newport City Council at Large. I am running as a Latina, a mother and...

Meagan Landry for City Council – At Large


Running for office with no political experience in the middle of a pandemic, may seem crazy. It may seem even crazier after not making the...

Kevin Michaud for City Council – At Large


Next In Line NEWPORT, RI— After residing in every ward in the city Kevin Michaud, a Newport local, has decided to run for City Councilor...

Jeanne-Marie Napolitano for City Council – At Large


It has been my honor to serve the citizens of Newport.  I am filing for re-election to continue my work on the Council.  Newport faces...

Susan Taylor for City Council – At Large


“I’m happy to announce my campaign to serve a third term on the Newport City Council. My service on council has been about supporting a...

Hugo DeAscentis, Jr. for City Council – Ward 1


On Monday 6-22-20 I officially filed my declaration of candidacy papers for Newport City Council 1st ward. I am a lifelong Newport resident.  Along with...

Angela McCalla for City Council – Ward 1


McCalla Announces Reelection Bid for City Council First Ward Putting Newport’s Residents First Newport, RI – Angela McCalla announced today her candidacy for reelection to...

Charles Holder, Jr. for City Council – Ward 2


My name is Charlie Holder and I am running to represent Ward 2 on the Newport City Council. I was born and raised in the...

Ward 3 Candidates Square Off (Primary)


By James Merolla The fourth in a series of candidate forums took place on Aug. 20 for the three people vying for a Ward 3...

Kim Salerno for City Council – Ward 2


Salerno Vies for Ward Seat In 2002 I moved with my family to Newport, RI, a most beautiful and welcoming place. We have made enduring...

Kate Leonard for City Council – Ward 3


KATE LEONARD ANNOUNCES RE-RUN FOR NEWPORT CITY COUNCIL I have been proud of my time serving on the Newport City Council representing the Third Ward...

Paul Marshall for City Council – Ward 3


June 24, 2020 – Paul Marshall is announcing his campaign for Newport City Third Ward Councilor today. “I am excited to announce my candidacy for the...

Ray Gomes Not Seeking Reelection


After considerable thought and discussion with my family I have decided to not seek reelection to the Newport School Committee. It has been very interesting...

Election Invigorates School Committee


The measure of the school building bond supported by 78 percent of the voters, was met with enthusiasm by members of the Newport School Committee....

Newport School Committee Candidates


. . ELECTION COVERAGE 2020 . . . Louisa Boatwright Candidates were asked to answer the following question in 50 words or less. #1 The...

Online Forum Illuminates Candidates’ Priorities


By Andy Long Nine of the 10 candidates for the seven Newport School Committee seats participated on Sept. 10 in an online forum. The candidates...

City’s School Committee Candidates Make Their Case


By Andy Long Nine of the 10 candidates for seven Newport School Committee participated on Sept. 10 in an online forum. The nine candidates gave...

Louisa Boatwright for Npt. School Committee


Two years ago, I decided to run for NSC because I had left some NSC meeting mad and confused.  I had been a volunteer on...

Rebecca Bolan for Npt. School Committee


My husband Greg and I moved to Newport on Military orders 30 years ago. We fell in love with Newport and decided to make this...

David Carlin, III for Npt. School Committee


About Myself: I am 50 years old, and have been married to Patricia (Lynch) Carlin, since 2001. We live in a home we have owned...

Mike Cullen for Npt. School Committee


We deserve a school system that’s graduating talent with skills to fill the high-growth jobs already here. Currently, Newport schools are shutting down potentially great...

Jim Dring for Npt. School Committee


Dring for School Committee “As a father with three daughters in the Newport school system, I have a unique perspective that no other candidate for...

Sandra Flowers for Npt. School Committee


Monday, June 15, 2020 I am announcing my intention to run for re-election to the Newport School Committee.  Presently in my sixth term, I know...

Raymond Gomes for Npt. School Committee


I am running for the Newport School Committee to continue to bring my collaborative common-sense approach to the school committee. My wife and I raised...

State House Hopefuls Face-Off in Public Forum


  By Christopher Allen Five candidates for State House seats in the upcoming general election met remotely in an Oct. 8 forum to make their...

State Representatives-Districts 71, 72 & 75 Forum


State Representatives – Districts 71, 72 & 75 (recorded Oct. 8, 2020) Candidates for District 71: Michelle McGaw-D, Amy Veri-R (not present: Nathan Melvin-I) District...

General Assembly Forum Enlightens Voters


By James Merolla The first in a series of one-hour virtual forums went off without a hitch on Aug. 6 for six local state general...

Terri-Denise Cortvriend for State Rep. – Dist. 72


Representative Terri-Denise Cortvriend has announced her intention to run for re-election representing District 72 serving Middletown and Portsmouth. “I could have never predicted that I...

Kenneth Mendonca for State Rep. – Dist. 72


I am seeking reelection to the House District 72 seat (Portsmouth/ Middletown) to continue the effort of representing the needs of my constituents, while working...

Marvin Abney for State Rep. – District 73


No statement provided at this time. CONTACT INFO Call (401) 487-1380 marvinla@aol.com

Deborah Ruggiero for State Rep. – Dist. 74


State Representative Deborah Ruggiero Announces Re-Election Campaign Jamestown, RI —Rep. Deborah Ruggiero announces she will seek re-election to the House of Representatives representing District 74,...

Lauren Carson for State Rep. – Dist. 75


To the voters in RI House District 75 – Throughout my six years as State Representative for RI House District 75, I promised to represent...

Patrick Donovan for State Rep. – Dist. 75


Dear Fellow Newporters, I am a candidate for State Representative District 75 and unlike the incumbent, I will be fighting for you everyday if I...

Chris Semonelli Defeated in Primary for Dist. 72


Semonelli defeated in Primary, will not proceed to General Election on Nov. 8, 2020   Chris Semonelli seeks Rhode Island representative district 72 seat.  It...

Rick Lombardi Defeated in Primary for Dist. 74


Lombardi defeated in Primary, will not proceed to General Election on Nov. 8, 2020   Councilor Lombardi to Challenge Ruggiero in State Primary   Middletown...

Louis DiPalma for State Senate – Dist. 12


It continues to be an honor to serve the residents of District 12 (Middletown, Little Compton, Tiverton and Newport) in the RI Senate.  As a Senior...

Dawn Euer for State Senate – Dist. 13


Senator Dawn Euer Announces Re-Election Campaign   NEWPORT, RI – Senator Dawn Euer announced today that she is running for re-election to the state senate in...