Chris Semonelli, 2015 © Cat Laine.

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Here we share an election profile for Chris Semonelli who is seeking election on as Representative for District 72 (Middletown, Portsmouth).

Chris Semonelli

Government/political history

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


Previous political/government elected offices held, and years:

With 3 terms on Middletown Town Council, two as President, 2008-2014

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

Past member of the Newport County Regionalization Study Committee

Town Council Liaison to the Middletown Beach CommitteeTown Council Liaison to the Middletown Economic Development Committee

Past member of the Middletown Town Council Regionalization Study Committee-2010-2012

Past member of Coyote study Committee -2010-2012

Past Middletown Charter Commission Chair

Political Party Affiliation in 2020:

Democratic Party

Previous political party affiliation if different from above:


Previous elective political positions sought, year and outcomes:


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


If elected my three top goals are:

My Plan is to work with Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton and Jamestown, in concert, to push back on budget cuts at the statehouse.

I will apply this same intensity and energy to attack and address Budget  issues and do everything and anything that I can to correct  budget issues in Disabilities ,Education, Senior Citizens programs , Mental Health issues and Veteran’s Affairs

Employment and Education

My current employment, including title, is:

Vice President Sales and Marketing ESquared

President Coated Technical Solutions

Schools and degrees:

Middletown High School – Graduated 1973

Community College of Rhode Island(CCRI)- Associate Engineering Degree- 1977

Northeastern University- BS Chemical Engineering with honors- Graduated 1980

Above education was self-supported

Pepperdine University, MBA- 1984

Professional organizations, please not leadership positions:

Middletown Rotary- Past President

Parishioner and Lector Saint Mary’s Church- Newport Rhode Island

Co-Director and co-founder, Newport County Mentor/Co-Op Group for high school students

DCYF Foster Family program member

Awards of recognitions associated with work:



Non-profit community organization affiliations and any leadership positions:

present Member Rhode Island Disabilities Council

Vice Chair Rhode Island Disability Advocacy Group- RI Force 

Director, Newport County Parents Advocacy Group

Awards of recognitions associated with volunteer work:

2019 Community Service Awardee

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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.

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