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Here we share an election profile for Charlie Holder, who is seeking election on Newport City Council Ward 2.

Charlie Holder

Website: charlie2ndward.com

Government/political history

Current office (if none, please note none. Please note when elected initially, ex: Town Council, 1964):   N/A

Previous political/government elected offices held, and years: n/a

Previous or current appointed government positions (including boards and commissions) : n/a

Political Party Affiliation in 2020:  Unaffiliated

Previous political party affiliation if different from above:  Democrat

Previous elective political positions sought, year and outcomes: n/a

If applicable: As an incumbent, I am most proud of: n/a

If elected my three top goals are:

1. As a proud member of the Newport hospitality industry, I want to focus an opportunities and advancement for all locals. There needs to be a better system in place for the City to take advantage of the growth of short-term rentals. We can also find a way to build up our infrastructure without depleting our natural resources.

2. I feel it is vitally important that we need to do a better job of protecting the integrity of our shorelines, oceans and streets. A stronger, concerted effort between City and businesses to keep Newport clean.

3. Education is the key in turning around many of the problems facing Newport. I know we can balance spending money on improving our school buildings while also building up the school curriculum.

Employment and Education

My current employment, including title, is: Operations Manager at Midtown Oyster Bar and Surf Club

Schools and degrees:

Springfield College 1992 B.A. Liberal Arts

Professional organizations, please not leadership positions:

Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce – Board Member ‘20

Rhode Island Hospitality Association – Board Member ‘20

Newport Restaurant, Tourism & Lodging Association – President ‘19

Awards of recognition’s associated with work: n/a


Non-profit community organization affiliations and any leadership positions:

Founder of the Midtown Foundation, set up to help donate funds and gifts to local charitable organizations. Set up a scholarship fund for two graduating seniors enrolled in the Newport County Career and Technical School.

Awards of recognition’s associated with volunteer work: n/a

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