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Here we share an election profile for Kathryn Leonard, who is seeking re-election on Newport City Council Ward 3.

Kathryn Leonard

Government/political history

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

Newport City Council, Ward 3

Previous political/government elected offices held, and years:

Newport City Council, first elected 11/1995

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


Political Party Affiliation in 2020  Non-Partisan elections in Newport;

      Registered as “independent”

Previous elective political positions sought, year and outcomes:

Same since 1995

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

    Being available to my constituents 24/7 via email, text, and phone

    Known for speaking my piece and honesty

    Consistently working to keep to keep taxes at an affordable level

If elected my three top goals are:

1. Work to keep communication open listening to diverse opinions

2. Continue to work on keeping balance between neighborhoods and businesses

3.  Keep education student-centered

Employment and Education

My current employment, including title, is:

My main “work” is City Council and spending the majority of my time representing my constituents.

I am also a licensed realtor.

Schools and degrees:

CCSU  – BS in English, minor in Psychology

Master’s Degree – Wesleyan University -English

Sacred Heart University, Fairfield University  – 60 credits beyond Master’s Degree

Professional organizations, please not leadership position :

    Newport County Board of Realtors


Non-profit community organization affiliations and any leadership positions:

      I am not a “member” of any organization because Councils have always been told that this jeopardizes our right to vote on licenses, etc. that are applied for by the organization. It constitutes a possible ethics violation if we vote.

Awards of recognitions associated with volunteer work:

I quietly work to help many organizations and want nor accept any recognitions

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