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Here we share an election profile for Kim Salerno who is seeking election on Newport City Council Ward 2.

Kim Salerno

Website: www.kimforward2.org/home

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:


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

Appointed to the Planning Board, Chairman, 3 terms
Appointed to the Historic District Commission, 2 terms

Political Party Affiliation in 2020:


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:

Not yet, but soon to come.

If elected my three top goals are:

Improving the physical condition of the city
Ensuring that development gives back to the city
Improving quality of life for all
Focus city government on resident consensus priorities

Employment and Education

My current employment, including title, is:
Haven Designers (architectural design) Owner and Principal
University of Rhode Island, Department of Art and Art History, PT Faculty for 10 years

Schools and degrees:
University of Pennsylvania, Master of Architecture
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Certificate in Painting
Smith College, Bachelor of Arts
(I’m a life-long learner with additional short program experience.)

Professional organizations, please note leadership positions:
Awards of recognitions associated with work:
Project Grant for Public Seating, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
Centennial Community Grant for Parklet, Rhode Island Foundation
Faculty Enrichment Grant, University of Rhode Island
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
Virginia Center for the Arts, Residency


Non-profit community organization affiliations and any leadership positions:
Newport Historical Society, Member, Properties Committee
Newport Art Museum, Member, Buildings and Grounds Committee
Redwood Library, Member

Awards of recognitions associated with volunteer work:
As Chairman of the Planning Board, I held a leadership role for the 2017
Comprehensive Plan, a cross-community, multidisciplinary public policy document that laid the groundwork for 20 years of city goals, policies and action items. I’m running for City Council to advance the consensus agenda outlined in this plan.

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).