Election 2018

Election 2018: Portsmouth Town Council

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — On Tuesday, Nov. 6, voters will head to the polls to choose the Portsmouth Town Council. Find out who’s running for Portsmouth Town Council here.

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, voters will be asked to choose 7 members for the Portsmouth Town Council. Each term lasts two years. Approximately 15 candidates are listed on the ballot.

Featured below are the candidates running for Portsmouth Town Council in ballot order:


Linda Ujifusa (D)*

Portsmouth Town Council member since 2016.
Portsmouth resident since 1993
Harvard, BA and NYU, JD.
Former U.S. EPA and private sector attorney
Founder & Co-chair, RI Healthcare Access & Affordability Partnership.
Past Board Chair, Aquidneck Land Trust
Former volunteer: Portsmouth public schools and Open Space Committee.
Spouse: J. Mark Ryan; children: John, Katie and Jamie Ryan (PHS grads).



Paul Francis Kesson (R)* 

Paul KessonPaul Kesson – Town Council
Town Council 2010 – present
Life-long resident
Wife Susan, children James, Megan, and Christopher
Served on Charter, Redevelopment, OPEB Commissions
Instituted new procedures to hire town leaders Hired Environmental lawyer to defend against sewers



Kevin M. Aguiar (D)*

Kevin AguiarPortsmouth Town Council since 2014.
Portsmouth Zoning Board – 15 years (chair, 4 years).
Civil Engineer, Sr. Associate, Beta Group, Inc.
URI, BS in Civil Engineering. PHS Graduate.
Coached Portsmouth Babe Ruth, Little League, Pop Warner, and Newport Whalers Youth Hockey.
Spouse: Erin; children: Ava (19), Gage (17), and Emme (13)




Jeffrey L. Richard (R) 

Lives in Portsmouth
Studied at Villanova University
Worked at U.S. Navy





J. Mark Ryan (D)*

J. Mark Ryan

Portsmouth Town Council member since 2016.
Aquidneck Island resident: 45 years.
Primary care physician since 1984
Clinical Asst. Professor of Medicine, Brown U. Harvard, BA and Brown, MD.
Parishioner and former CCD teacher: St. Barnabas
RI Chair, Physicians for a National Health Program.
Spouse: Linda Ujifusa. Children: John, Katie and Jamie Ryan (PHS grads)



Keith E. Hamilton (R)* 

Town Council 2008 – Present
President 2014-Present
Wife Jill, Children Isabel and Brian
Former PLL President and Coach and Coach PYB & PYF
Member PHS Athletic Boosters and PHS Gridiron Club



Andrew V. Kelly (D) 

Portsmouth School Committee member
Portsmouth Water & Fire District Commissioner
Prep-Cook/Dietary Aide at Athena Healthcare (Heatherwood)
Salve Regina, BA, Administration of Justice
Former member: Portsmouth Charter Review, Elmhurst Re-use, and Economic Development Committees
Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 82
Portsmouth Parents: Paul and Bev Kelly; siblings Brad and Veronica (all PHS grads).
Spouse: Jolina Caoile Kelly



Lawrence J. Fitzmorris (R)

Retired Naval Officer
14 years president of the Portsmouth Concerned Citizens
Vote against property tax increases that exceed the rate of inflation
Vote to open up Town government with public votes on key Town decisions, including all labor contracts, land purchases and sewer issues
Vote for Council resolutions and actions in opposition to all tolling proposals.
Vote to Oppose all social engineering in the proposed Comprehensive Plan



Raymond Douglas Davis (D) 

Award-winning Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Supervisor with 20 years work experience in public and private agencies:
Currently: Asst. Dir, Newport County Prevention Coalition;
Formerly Coordinator, Portsmouth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition;
Child protective service social worker;
Member, Portsmouth Juvenile Hearing Board
Working musician (bass & vocals) for over 50 yrs.
Spouse: Patrice.



Debra Cardoza (R) 

Life-long resident of Portsmouth
Married 43 years with three children
40 years of community service
Volunteer on 11 committees
Citizen’s advocate




Leonard Barry Katzman (D)

Born and raised in Portsmouth; PHS ’76.
Director of Business Development, Brown University. Former Portsmouth Town Councilman.
Intellectual property and business attorney.
Former Software Engineer & Systems Admin, NUWC URI, Computer Science, BS
Roger Williams University School of Law, JD
Spouse: Jhodi, son: Andrew (PHS ‘07)




Elizabeth A. Pedro (R)*

Portsmouth Town Council 2010 – Present
Small Business Administrator
Lifelong Portsmouth Resident
Daughter of Jesse and Ada Pedro




Daniela Abbott (D)

Owner/PE: Abbott Naval Architects (WBE/DBE) Webb Institute, BS in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering; University of Southampton,
MS in Maritime Engineering Sciences
Member: Portsmouth Conservation & EDC Organizer: Portsmouth Trash Collaborative and Farm-to-Farm Bike Ride
Volunteer: Girl Scouts, Hathaway PTA, PYSA soccer, RIDP Women’s Caucus
Spouse: Brendan; children: Bianca (8) & Myles (6)




David M. Gleason (I)*

Portsmouth Town Council member
Long-time Portsmouth resident
Graduated from Southeastern Massachusetts University





Peter D. Roberts (I)

Wastewater Appeals Board





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