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Local Election Candidate Forums — Save the Dates and Call for Questions

To: Newport Voters Alliance For A Livable Newport (ALN) will sponsor a series for public forums leading up to the November elections. Three of those forums will feature the candidates for City Council and the School Committee. These all will be held in the Program Room at the Newport Public Library starting at 6:00 pm on the following dates: September 23 — Candidates for the Second and Third Ward City Council seats (the First Ward seat is uncontested) October 1 — Candidates for the At Large City Council seats October 15 — Candidates for the School Committee seats Please plan to attend and hear the candidates respond to questions about key topics of interest to Newport’s voters. ALN will be preparing lists of questions to be asked of the candidates at the forums. In addition, written questionnaires will be prepared for the candidates with their responses to be viewable on ALN’s website, www.newportalliance.org, in matrix format so viewers can scan all of a candidate’s responses or easily compare all of the candidates’ responses to each individual question. You are encouraged to help us develop the questions for the forums and questionnaires. Please email questions and/or topics you would like included […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - August 25, 2014 at 9:13 pm

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Newport Rhode Island – 11 Charter Review Commission Ideas Head to Ballot

List of Members City of Newport Charter Commission email: newportcharterreview@cityofnewport.com Final Report of The Commission – May 2014 http://www.cityofnewport.com/government/board-and-commissions/commissions/charter-review-commission-2013 After five months of study by the Charter Review Commission (CRC) and weeks of deliberations by City Council, several proposed changes to Newport’s Charter will move forward to the Nov. 4 ballot for voters to determine their ultimate fate. Councilors wrapped up debate on the 20 CRC recommendations at their regular meeting on Wednesday, July 23, and decided to send 11 items to the electorate. However, the CRC’s more contentious ideas regarding School Committee selection and expanding the current three-ward system to four met the same fate as in the first round of voting on July 9. They did not survive council muster, notwithstanding a change in position by Councilor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano that narrowed the margin. Joining the side of Councilors Kathryn Leonard and Michael Farley in hoping to move the ward is- sues to the ballot, Napolitano told Newport This Week just prior to the July 23 session that she had re-examined her stance since her initial comments on July 9, when she had intimated that there was no reason to return to a four-ward system. “While I haven’t changed my mind on […]

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Posted by NewportAlliance - August 4, 2014 at 2:36 pm

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