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Here we share an election profile for Elizabeth “Beth: Evans Cullen who is seeking election on Newport City Council At-Large.

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) : Chair, Newport Personnel Appeals Board, 1998-2000

Political Party Affiliation in 2020: Democrat, though Newport’s elections are non-partisan

Previous political party affiliation if different from above: N/A

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) Diversifying our economy, by targeting RI economic assets, like the Blue Economy.

2) Addressing over-development, championing better character zoning codes.

3) Making education a community priority to meet the needs of the 21st Century.

Employment and Education

My current employment, including title, is: MOM — freelancing as a community activist, and soon to be a part-time Census worker.

Schools and degrees:

University of Rhode Island, BA English, Marketing concentration, 1982

Professional organizations, please note leadership positions:

Please see my resume:  http://www.beth02840.com/resume

Awards of recognitions associated with work: N/A


Non-profit community organization affiliations and any leadership positions:


Awards of recognitions associated with volunteer work:  N/A

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