The Alliance For A Livable Newport (ALN) is proud of its reputation for being an unbiased source of information regarding issues affecting the City of Newport, including the election of public officials.

Recently that reputation for impartiality has been questioned as a result of an ALN Board Member and Officer playing a role in the election campaign of a declared candidate for the open State Senate seat representing Newport and Jamestown.

Sensitive to such concerns, ALN had already taken the following action:

  • A leave of absence of the Director/Officer involved in the election campaign was accepted, both from that individual’s role as an officer and as a member of the Board of Directors; and
  • ALN has discontinued its efforts to sponsor a primary candidates’ debate and a final candidates’ debate for the State Senate election.

As individuals, ALN officers and board members have the right to support candidates and issues of their choosing, as long as it is independent of the ALN organization. But as an organization, ALN has never, and will never, actively support or oppose any candidate for public office.  That is not our role. In this situation, while there has been no support given to a candidate by the organization, ALN is taking these steps to avoid even an APPEARANCE of partiality.

Ron Becker, Co-President
John Hirschboeck, Co-President
Alliance For A Livable Newport

Editor’s Note: Alliance For A Livable Newport had previously agreed to co-sponsor the upcoming Senate District 13 forum that What’sUpNewp will host on July 10th at Jane Pickens Theater, that forum is still scheduled and will be held.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).