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The following Newport County Candidate Forum presentations are brought to you by a collaboration between the Alliance for a Livable Newport, East Bay TV, Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce, League of Women Voters, Newport Buzz, Newport This Week, and WADK 1540AM.  


The purpose of these presentations are to inform the Voters of Newport County.  

Forum Date

Forum Participant

August 6, 2020 General Assembly
August 19, 2020 Newport City Council Group 1
August 19, 2020

Newport City Council Group 2

August 20, 2020 Newport Ward 3
August 27, 2020 Middletown Town Council Group 1
Ausust 27, 2020 Middletown Town Council Group 2
September 10, 2020 Newport School Committee
September 17, 2020

Middletown School Committee

September 24, 2020 Newport Council at Large
October 1, 2020  
October 8, 2020  
October 15, 2020  

October 22, 2020

October 29, 2020  

The following page contains the description, list of participants and a link to the featured community forums.



Thursday September 24, 2020 - Eighth in a series of candidate forums for the 2020 elections, this video features 8 candidates for Newport Council at Large running for four open seats.  Moderator - Carmilla Geer - Executive Director of the Edward King House.  Forum participants include:  Jamie Bova, Elizabeth Fuerte, Jeanne Napolitano, Lynn Ceglie, Kevin Michaud, Susan Taylor, and Elizabeth Cullen.



Thursday, September 17, 2020 - Seventh in a series of candidate forums for the 2020 election, this video features 5 candidates for Middletown School Committee running for two vacant seats. Moderator - Bud Cicilline - President and CEO at the Newport County Community Mental Health Center.  Forum participants include: Frances Moldveen, Cindy Perry, Vanessa Ellermann, Bill O'Connell, and Tami Holden. 




Thursday, September 10, 2020 - Sixth in a series of candidate forums for the 2020 election, this video features 9 of 10 candidates for Newport School Committee.  Moderator - Dr. Tobias Stapleton - Dean, Graduate Studies and Continuing Education at Salve Regina University.  Forum participants include: Ray Gomes, Becky Bolan, Louisa Boatwright, Stephanie Winslow, Sandra Flowers, Mike Cullen and Bob Leary. 





Thursday, August 27, 2020 Fourth in a series of candidate forums for the 2020 election, this features candidates nine of 17 candidates for Middletown Town Council - Group 1.  Moderator Heather Hole-Strout - Executive Director of the Martin Luther King Center.  Forum participants include: Terri Flynn, Thomas Henney Jr., Gregory Huet, Christopher Logan, Audrey MacLeod-Pfeiffer, Rogert Sylvia, Arthur Weber Jr., Dennis Turano, and Thomas Welch III.



August 27, 2020 Fifth in a series of candidate forums for the 2020 election- Group 2, this features candidates eight of 17 candidates for Middletown Town Council.  Moderator Evan Smith - President and CEO of the Discover Newport.  Forum participants include:  Barbara VonVillas, Paul Rodrigues, M. Theresa Santos, Antone Viveiros, James Miller, Kathleen Ventura, Lawrence Frank, and Daniel Titus.






Thursday, August 6, 2020

Candidates for General Assembly in Newport County: Moderator Joe Pratt - Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County, a Chamber Board Member and Chair of the Chamber's Government Affairs Committee.

Forum Participants include: 

John Edwards and Michelle McGaw - District 71

Terri-Denise Cortvriend and Christopher Semonelli - District 72

Henry "Rick" Lombardi and Deborah Ruggiero - District 74



Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Newport City Council At Large Group 1:  Moderator Jill Kassis - League of Women Voters

Forum Participants include: Jamie Bova, Derek Grinkin, William Kimes, Meagan Landry, Justin McLaughlin and Jeanne-Marie Napolitano



Thursday, August 19, 2020

Newport City Council at Large Group 2: Moderator Bruce Newbury - WADK 1540 On-Air Personality

Kevin Michaud, Olga H. Enger, Elizabeth Fuerte, Beth Cullen, Susan Taylor, and Lynn Underwood Ceglie




Thursday, August 20, 2020

Newport City Council Ward 3: Moderator Christian Winthrop - Newport Buzz

Rachel Hussey, Kate Leonard, and Paul Marshall


The positions held by any one of them do not represent the opinions of others in this group.  3G Broadcasting, WADK 1540AM, Alliance for Livable Newport, the League of Women Voters and Newport This Week are non-partisan and do not endorse candidates.  
















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