I’m Jamie Bova and I’m running for City Councilor At-Large in Newport, RI. I have chosen to make Newport my home since 2012 because I truly love this city. My family moved to Aquidneck Island in 1989 and I grew up in Middletown and attended Middletown public schools. One of my first jobs was over the summer in high school working at the original Army-Navy Surplus Store on Thames Street. This was my first up-close experience with what it takes to run a small local business and I left that job with a deep respect for all small business owners. After graduating from Middletown High School, I went on to earn my Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island.
I started my career as an engineer at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center after earning my degree. During my time there I have both been a part of a team of engineers working to solve complex technical problems and been a manager of such a team myself. Throughout my time at URI and continuing into my career, I have spent time volunteering as a mentor with the Aquidneck Island Robotics Team and served on the organization’s Board of Directors for two years. During my time mentoring high school students from around the state, I learned the value and impact of community involvement.
After living in Newport for several years, my boyfriend and I made the decision to purchase a home and deepen my roots in the community. I’m running for City Council with the intent to aid and improve the city that I’ve made my home. The problem solving skills I’ve honed in my engineering career will be an asset to Newport while serving as a City Councilor.