NEWPORT – Jeanne-Marie Napolitano seems to have a knack for getting out the vote. The former mayor and longtime councilwoman has for the fourth time in a row secured the most number of votes in the city's race for its four At-Large council seats, earning 4,869 votes.
Current Mayor Henry F. Winthrop, was a close a second with 4,739.
Rounding out the top four spots were Councilor Naomi L. Neville and challenger Michael Farley. Political newcomer Don Boucher fell short in his first bid for elected office.
Things turned out differently, however, for first-time candidate Marco T. Camacho, who unseated incumbent Charles Y. Duncan in his bid for reelection in the First Ward.
After the results were tallied, Napolitano said that she was indeed interested in pursuing the mayor's seat once again, and would seek out support from her fellow councilors.
For School Committee, Jo Eva Gaines earned the highest number of votes with 4,674, followed by Charles Shoemaker with 4,563; Sandra Flowers with 4,345; Robert Leary with 4,345; Rebecca Bolan with 4,243; Thomas Phelan with 4,240; and Robert Power with 4,121.
In State Senate District 13, Sen. President M. Teresa Paiva Weed easily defeated Republican Geoffrey Cook 73-27 percent. She'll join fellow Democrat Reps. Peter F. Martin and Marvin Abney, who both ran unopposed and Sen. Louis P. DiPalma in the General Assembly for the next two years.
In the race for the state's First Congressional District, Newport voters came out in force for Democrat Rep. David Cicilline, giving the incumbent 56 percent of the vote to challenger Brendan Doherty's 38 percent.
And in the race for U.S. Senate, Newport resident and incumbent Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse defeated GOP challenger Barry Hinckley by a margin of 68-31.
Both Cicilline and Whitehouse were able to translate their leads in Newport to overall victory.