I turned my focus on this June Monday to the 2016 election calendar and focused on the declaration of candidacy in some of our local and state offices.

Representative Lauren Carson called into the program around 12:30pm to announce for the first time that she would be running for re-election in November to continue representing District 75 in the House of Representatives.

Newport City Council Candidate Jamie Bova called into the program around 12:45pm to announce that she was running for City Councilor-At-Large and discussed some of the opportunities and challenges she sees moving forward for the City.

I kept my focus on some of the local announcements for local offices, and spent a  good amount of time speaking about Andy Lavaree’s announcement that he would be running and what the fall out has been.

Listen: 12:30pm – 1pm


Listen: 1pm – 2pm


Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He 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 and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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