2018-06-21 / Election News

Which Incumbents Toss Hats into Ring?

As June 25, 26 and 27 are the official dates when incumbent city officials can declare their candidacy to re-run in the November elections, Newport This Week asked each person whether they are re-running.

Individuals interested in running for office should complete the Declaration of Candidacy form in its entirety and return it to the Canvassing Authority no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27.

And note the forms cannot be accepted until 8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 25.

Candidates for federal and statewide offices must file their declaration of candidacy with the Secretary of State's Office, not their local board.


City Council

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Marco Camacho: Undecided. “I face the dilemma I always face, that I faced in 2014 and 2016. Can I serve and still balance my personnel and professional life? Can I manage to make all of that work? If I can make it work, the desire is always there. If the constituents of Newport will have me serve, I will decide next week.”

Lynn Ceglie: Yes running. "My first priority is being responsive to the needs of residents of the 2nd Ward, as well as the city as a whole. I would like to continue working to improve the city’s safety, economy, infrastructure, schools and residents’ quality of life.”

Kathryn E. Leonard: Yes running. "So many constituents have asked me to continue. I always answer phone calls, text messages, and emails, unless there is a computer or phone issue. I would probably be bored not working or being on the city council.

Jeanne Marie Napolitano: Yes running. "I enjoy working with and for the people of Newport, and It has been my honor and privilege to serve. Knowing the many issues we face, my experience and work ethic will serve the citizens well.”

Susan Taylor: “I’m not ready to commit yet.”

Mayor Harry Winthrop: Undecided. “As it was two years ago, I’ll again make my decision the week of declaration. I’m not being coy. I just haven’t decided yet.”

Information compiled by James Merolla

School Committee

Rebecca Bolan: Yes running. "I believe I have a lot more to offer this community and I’d like to see the facilities projects through.”

David Carlin: Yes running. "I have placed the interests of the students, parents, families and taxpayers of Newport first. I am not a rubber stamp for the superintendent. I want to be a part of helping solve our immediate needs regarding the Rogers High School campus and its facilities. (New school building, etc.) I want to help “cure” some of our biggest issues in the school system. Issues like high absentee rates, low test scores, poor budgeting and more.”

Sandra Flowers: "Yes, I am running. I shall persevere in sharing my knowledge and experience in public education to help bring about the many factors that make up a good school system. My understanding the external influences, positive and negative, that affect our children’s welfare will continue to be valuable to the Newport Public Schools, the educators, the students and their families, as well as the community at large.”

Jo Eva Gaines: Undecided. “I have no answer yet. [I’m] really struggling with this election and not sure about this election. It’s been 18 years. I’m just trying to assess if I have the patience.”

Raymond Gomes, Vice chair: Undecided. “I don’t have an answer for you.”

David Hanos, Chair: Yes running. "I do intend on running again for school committee. I need to stay with the vision and committee to upgrade/build a high school, expand Pell or find a permanent fix for the overcrowding there, find a spot for our early learners as well as continue to expand our career tech. I love the kids. I love this district and I want to build a better educational system to better prepare them to lead successful and prosperous lives.”

Kathleen Silvia: Yes running. "Providing a quality education for all of our children is of the utmost importance to me. Great things are happening in our schools that are providing a wide range of opportunities which will lead to our students’ future successes. Being on the Committee is comparable to a full-time job and I look forward to continuing the work of ensuring every child reaches his or her potential.”

Information compiled by Andy Long


Town Council

Henry Lombardi Jr.: Undecided. “My experience on the council has been a good one in general. I think we’ve done a lot of good things for the town and there is a lot of unfinished work to be done. I’ll be making my decision whether or not to run very soon, after talking with my family.”

Paul Rodrigues, Vice-President: Not able to be reached.

Theresa Santos: Undecided. “I haven’t made up my mind yet.”

Robert Sylvia, President: Undecided. Did not comment further.

Dennis Turano: Yes running. "This was my first term and I feel I have made a difference, but we still have a lot of work to do. It's hard to believe two years have gone by and as a council we have gotten so much done. My commitment when running in 2016 was to focus on keeping Middletown a good place to live. I promised the Middletown residents that I would focus on the town budget, senior citizens, and the overall tax levy. We need to make taxes more equitable and predictable for everyone. There are a lot of things in life these days that are unpredictable and taxes shouldn't be one of them.”

Antone Viveiros: Not able to be reached.

Barbara VonVillas: "Yes I am running. I like to think I am the moderate voice that reminds the council of the big picture. Within the town's limited resources, I aim to treat everyone equally. We can't do everything for everybody at once, but long-range planning allows the town to grow in a controlled way that will benefit everyone. Previous generations gave us the community we have today. We need to pay it forward.”

Information compiled by Christopher Allen

School Committee

Douglas Arnold: Yes running. "Someone has to fight for these kids to maintain a good system. We were level funded last year and given approximately 1 percent this year. This hurts the system a great deal. It makes it difficult to prepare these students for a world full of high tech jobs and opportunities.”

Liana Ferreira-Fenton: Yes running. "I am presently on the Rhode Island Association of School Committees as treasurer and secretary. I attend many state meetings: Governor’s Workforce Board, RIDE Career Tech, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Workforce Association meetings for career readiness. My specialty is in STEM programing and career readiness. Besides my STEM and career readiness for our K-12 students, I am also the advisor to FIRST Robotics and Technology Team of Newport County, Team 121, for the past 21 years.”

Theresa Spengler: Yes running. Did not comment further.

The above three School Committee members are the only seats up for re-election.

The other two Middletown School Committee member seats of, Kellie DiPalma Simeone and William R. O'Connell do not expire until 2020.

Information compiled by Christopher Allen

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