To The Editor:

I want to thank the residents of Jamestown and Newport for their participation in the Special Election on August 22. I am truly honored and humbled to have been elected as the Senator for District 13.

Throughout this campaign, I had the opportunity to meet and talk with thousands of people about their ideas of how government should best work for us. I will continue to listen and engage with the community and will always strive to do what is best for Jamestown and Newport.

As I transition into my new role I know there are so many issues that need to be addressed at the local, state and national levels; such as jobs, health care, school funding, senior services, the environment, housing, civil rights, infrastructure, and small businesses. It will take a lot of collaboration between the government and the public to make certain that the best decisions are being made. I believe that our democracy works best when people show up and get involved.

Today, I simply want to extend a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to Jamestown and Newport for the confidence you have bestowed on me. I promise you that I will work hard, be honest and open, and fair-minded in carrying out my duties as the Senator from District 13. I consider it a high honor, a distinct privilege, and a serious responsibility to serve on your behalf in the RI State Senate.

Dawn Euer

Senator-Elect, District 13

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.