Where do 6 of the 7 candidates for Senate District 13 stand on important local and statewide issues?

Those were the topics of What’sUpNewp’s Senate District 13 Candidate Forum at Jane Pickens Thater & Events Center on Monday night.

Several hundred concerned Newport and Jamestown voters showed up at the historic theater to hear from and about the candidates one week before the Democractic Primary. The event was hosted by What’sUpNewp, supported by Jane Pickens Theater and moderated by Ian Donnis from Rhode Island Public Radio, Ted Nesi from WPRI and Frank Prosnitz from What’sUpNewp, What’sUpRhodeIsland and AM 1540 WADK.

A heartfelt thank you to all the candidates, moderators, volunteers and attendees for their time, attention and efforts on Monday night.

What’sUpNewp especially thanks, Jane Pickens Theater  for donating the space to us to host this very important community event.



Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He 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 and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.