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.

Respectfully,
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'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.