With the window to declare your candidacy for local offices now closer, we’re finding out who will and won’t run for election/re-election come November.

Naomi Neville has announced that she will not seek re-election, she is the only Newport City Council member that will not seek re-election.

“It’s been an honor to serve for as a city councilor but I have a number of exciting professional opportunities and at this time, I need to focus on my career.

I’ve been pleased to have created a productive working environment between the school department and the City and the successful start of shared services, Information Technology improvements, the hiring of a new City Manager and important capital projects such as St. Clare’s, the Pell School and Queen Anne Square park renovations.

Newport is such a special place and I consider myself fortunate to have been a part of the leadership of this wonderful community and I owe a deep debt of gratitude to the people of Newport for electing me 3 times. Most of all I’d like to thank my husband Jeff and my daughters for their unwavering support. I look forward to serving in different ways in the years to come.”

Based on recent conversations and reports, What’sUpNewp had recently reported that Neville would seek to run for re-election.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.