This is an endorsement for the candidacy of Jamie Bova for Newport Councilor At-Large.

I am looking forward to November 8thfor two reasons: First off, it’s Milton Bradley’s birthday. In honor of him turning 180, I encourage everyone to sit down with friends and family to play somecelebratory board games. Opportunely, if you have found yourself strung up in anxiety from the national election, the games will also provide a perfect medium to unwind and reflect. For me, the unwinding will be mostly in the form of sophomoric, politically-tinged jokes about global domination, bad real estate management and mysterious deaths and their cover-ups. I feel like Milton would approve.

The second reason for my Election Day positivity is that I will get to cast my Newport City Council vote for Jamie Bova.

At the risk of diminishing my own credibility, I must admit that I have never been the most politically engaged homeowner in Newport. My political participation is typically limited to offhandedly praising the city initiatives that improve my life, and grumbling about the blunders that inconvenience it. As an engineer whose job is to resolve blunders, I am not proud of that. I also know that I am not unique.

Ms. Bova sees an opportunity in people like me. She understands that the average Newport resident doesn’t readily (and regularly) influence the actions of their elected officials. To correct that, she has made “Transparent Communication” one of her campaign platforms. Slogans aside, her goal to develop a practical information sharing structure between the city council and residents is an outstanding one. Giving each resident an expedient way to see their council’s accomplishments, ask questions, and propose ideas is precisely the kind of initiative that will facilitate the growth, innovation, and year-round stability that so many city council campaigns are promoting.

Nurturing a practical dialogue between the city government and residents is the foundation that will enable Ms. Bova’s other campaign platforms to deliver meaningful outcomes. She promotes a strong, diverse, year-round economy and intends to explore environmental initiatives to keep our corner of the island healthy – universally agreeable goals, no doubt. What sets Ms. Bova apart is her resolve to find the detailed solutions to those objectives in the community, including even people like me, who have high expectations, but may not be politically involved in the traditional sense.

I am excited to see what Jamie Bova has in store for Newport. I know she is excited to see what we have in store as well. I enthusiastically encourage you to join me in voting for her on the 8th, then settling in for a round or five of your favorite board game.

Thank you,

Bryan Bohn

Ryan M. Belmore

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