Election 2016: Town Clerk Race

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Only 2 Portsmouth candidates are running for town clerk in the 2016 Election. Current Town Clerk Joanne is running against political newcomer Jennifer West.

Voters will also be asked this year to decide whether the Portsmouth town clerk position should be appointed (as in previous years) or an elected office.

The 2 candidates below are listed by town office and then alphabetical by last name. Names are published as they appear on the R.I. Secretary of State website. The detailed information about each candidate is published verbatim from their political party’s website.

Portsmouth Town Clerk (2-year term; vote for 1) 


Joanne M. Mower (Republican, current Town Clerk)

“Portsmouth Town Clerk 2013 – Present
18 years Municipal Clerk Experience
Married to Dave (U.S. Navy Retired)
UMass Amherst Graduate
Member – Senior Center, Historical Soc.,
Friends of Library, VFW Aux., and
Order of the Odd Fellows” – Portsmouth Republicans’ website

Jennifer West

Jennifer M. West (Democrat)

“Jenn West was born and raised in Portsmouth and is a graduate of Portsmouth High School. She is the daughter of Bill and Joanne West.  Jenn’s siblings are Chris, William ‘Sly,’ and Michael West, all PHS graduates.

  • BS in Management, Rhode Island College
  • Site Security Manager/Customer Service Representative, Serco, Inc.
  • Board Member, Mora E. Brown Hammond Scholarship Fund


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