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Here we share an election profile for Olga Enger, who is seeking election on Newport City Council At-Large.

Olga Enger

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) : n/a

Political Party Affiliation in 2020: Democrat

Previous political party affiliation if different from above:


Previous elective political positions sought, year and outcomes: n/a

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


If elected my three top goals are:

1.) Maintaining a clean city and parks

2.) Support year-round residents with education, infrastructure and recreation such as a new skatepark. Our internet infrastructure needs improvement, and we should be working towards free, reliable public Internet.

3.) As a small business owner, I would like to see the city do a better job of diversifying  the economy to provide jobs and revenue beyond tourism.  I have a built a business outside the tourism industry, and understand the challenges business face in Newport. As an immediate step, we should  begin by reevaluating Innovate Newport, which was intended to serve as an incubation hub for new and emerging businesses. This is not the way it is operating today.

Employment and Education

My current employment, including title, is:

I own Studio Newport on Marlborough Street. We do makeover portraits for business portraits, family and glamour.  I developed my brand over 8 years, and today clients come to Studio Newport from the tri-state area to be photographed. I

Schools and degrees:

University of Minnesota, Computer Science

Professional organizations, please not leadership positions:

Board Member of Professional Photographers Association of Rhode Island (PPARI)

Former co-chair of Parent Advisory Board at Emmanuel Day School in Newport

Awards of recognitions associated with work:

-2020 winner of “Best Artist’ by Newport Life for Studio Newport
-2016 winner of “Best Feature Story” by Rhode Island Press Association for a story on female pedicab drivers in Newport


Non-profit community organization affiliations and any leadership positions:

-Organized Newport’s Black History Festival in 2018, in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County
-Former board member and co-chair of Parent Advisory Board of Emmanuel Day School

-Board Member of Professional Photographers Association of Rhode Island (PPARI)

Awards of recognitions associated with volunteer work:

Through the years I have organized fundraisers and large events, which are often recognized in local media.

Ryan Belmore

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp.  He has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the boards of Fort Adams Trust, Lucy's Hearth, and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

In 2020, he was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.

He is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, he spent 39 years living in Rhode Island before recently moving to Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and two rescue dogs. He still considers Rhode Island home, and visits at least once a month.