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