opinion Newport Rhode Island

Tuesday, July 18th  a primary will be held, to determine our representative in the Rhode Island General Assembly.  The seat was vacated by Senator Teresa Paiva Weed.  Many have said, “they are big shoes to fill.”

We have no lack of candidates; however one certainly does rise above the rest.  Based on experience, knowledge, and commitment to the community David Hanos would be an excellent choice as our next state senator to represent Newport and Jamestown.

David was raised and educated in Newport.  He chose to build a home in Newport, raise his family, and give back to the  community through service as the Chairman of the Newport School Committee.  He shown he can work well with others and move in a positive direction for the benefit of all.

David Hanos has worked tirelessly on behalf of the students  in the  county-wide program of Career Technical Department at  Rogers High School.  Enrollment is at an all-time high.   He has continued to communicate with Council in regard to the development of future careers, and has been supportive of the city’s innovation efforts.  Let’s send him to Providence to assist the needs of families in Newport and Jamestown.

David Hanos is the right person for the job.

~ Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, Former Mayor of Newport and currently a Newport City Councilor At-Large

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.