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Newport election heats up with 5 candidates for two council seats

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NEWPORT — The race for two coveted seats on the Newport City Council is intensifying as five community members have announced their candidacy for the Town Meeting Day election.

This election cycle marks a significant change with City Council President John Wilson, a long-standing figure in local governance, opting not to run for re-election. Kevin Charboneau, a current council member, is seeking re-election.

The diverse lineup of candidates includes Andrew Touchette, a member of the Newport Fire Department, and Rick Ufford-Chase. Ufford-Chase currently leads the Newport City Downtown Development organization.

Laurie Grimm enters the political arena for the first time, leveraging her extensive experience in community affairs.

Carl King, another familiar face in local politics after previously running for mayoral and council positions, is also seeking election.

Town Meeting Day is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5.

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