NEWPORT — Newport City’s upcoming election is shaping up to be an interesting one, with several candidates running for mayor and city council.
Beth Barnes, Carl King, Roderick Owens, and Nathan St. George are all vying for the mayor’s seat, with the upcoming absence of longtime Mayor Paul Monette, who is not seeking re-election.
Last week the four candidates running for Newport City Mayor participated in a public forum to present their plans and strategies for the city.
The moderator asked the candidates about a wide range of issues, including education, infrastructure, and public safety.
The debate can be viewed from NEK-TV here: https://www.facebook.com/100057189470434/videos/1334479030447565
Meanwhile, Carl King, A. Carter Finegan, Chris Vachon, and Clark Curtis are facing off for one of two seats on the city council.
The proposed municipal budget for the city is $4,343,007, which is slightly higher than last year’s budget of $4,232,973.
While the increase is not significant, it is important to note that it may impact the city’s financial planning and allocation of resources in the coming year.
There are also two ballot articles to consider when voting.
Article V requests $315,000 to finance an environmental corrective action plan for Gardner Memorial Park.
The plan includes improving the playground and addressing any environmental concerns related to the park’s redevelopment excavation.
Meanwhile, the Goodrich Memorial Library is looking for $110,000 to help defray operational expenses.
Polls will be open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. on March 7, so be sure to make your voice heard and cast your ballot for the candidates and articles that align with your values and priorities.