Hamilton says she won’t seek reelection this year


NORTH SMITHFIELD – A former town administrator and current town councilor has announced that she will not seek reelection in 2024.

Councilor Paulette Hamilton announced the news during a meeting of the council sitting as the Municipal Buildings Review Task Force on Wednesday, April 24.

“I know I’m not running again and I have until November to get this done,” Hamilton said during a discussion of the latest design plan for renovation of the North Smithfield police station. “I want to get something in place that is not going to have another council kick the can down the road another few years. I just can’t do that in good conscience – not to the police.”

Hamilton, who served as town administrator from 2008 to 2016, was elected to the council in 2022, coming in fourth out of seven candidates for the five-member board. She served as policy advisor and deputy chief of staff for then Lt. Gov. McKee during her time away from North Smithfield government. She also served as program coordinator for Global Fellows in Courage and as director of special projects for McKee once he became governor.

The statewide Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 10 and the General Election has been scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 5. The Declaration of Candidacy filing period will be held from Monday, June, 24 through Wednesday, June 26.

Those planning to run in the upcoming contest are invited to send their news and announcements to [email protected].

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