To Newport residents:
Last Monday, after much reflection over the past several months, I announced near the end of the Newport City Council meeting that I plan to seek another term as a city councilor. If reelected, it would be my fourth term in office, going back to the start of my first term in 2001. The filing deadline of August 28 for the city council race, as well as the mayoral race, is fast approaching. As of last week, four candidates (including me) had either filed or announced for the city council race, and two candidates had filed for the mayoral race.
Three city councilor seats (including mine) will be open in the upcoming November election. In the previous city council races in which I had participated, five candidates had filed in two of the races (2000 and 2014) and nine candidates in the other (2010). Two years ago, when the three other city councilor seats were open, only three candidates had filed, and the mayoral race was uncontested as well.
While four candidates for three open seats is preferable to only having three candidates, as was the case two years ago, at least one or two (or more) additional candidates in the upcoming city council race can provide even more participation and dialogue in the months ahead, as well as more voter choice.
David N. Allen