opinion Newport Rhode Island

I met Dawn Euer when we worked together on Lauren Carson’s first campaign for Rhode Island House District 75.  In fact, Dawn was the first person to encourage Lauren to run for office. Since then I have watched Dawn in action working to improve our community: as project manager for the Newport Open Space Partnership, as advisor to the anti-casino effort, and as a “go to” resource for all things in Rhode Island political affairs. As she embarks on her run for the Senate District 13 seat, Dawn Euer is my candidate of choice.

So, how do you make your choice in this election when all four Democratic candidates seem to hold the same views on important issues? They appear to agree on the environment; jobs and the economic future of the state; transparency in government; and about the welfare of us “seniors.” If the issues do not distinguish them what does? What made me decide to vote for Dawn Euer?

Dawn is a practicing attorney and uses her training when making decisions and weighs all the facts in complicated situations. Dawn is an idealist, but her rock-solid values are balanced by practical experience and informed knowledge about what is possible. She knows how to choose her battles as well as how to get things done. And lastly, Dawn is the only woman running in the Democratic Primary. And yes, that does matter and makes a difference to me.

She is simply the best of the bunch and I encourage you to join me in voting for Dawn Euer in the Democratic Primary on June 18.

Isabel Griffith, Newport resident

Ryan Belmore is the 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.