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Here we share an election profile for William Kimes who is seeking election on Newport City Council At-Large.

William Kimes

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) :

Charter Review Board

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:


If elected my three top goals are:

1. Help City Follow Through on the Promised Potential of Public Schools

2. Be Goal-Oriented, Accessible, Transparent to all Corners of Community

3. Identify Green and Blue Tech Partnerships and Pathways  to Employment

Employment and Education

My current employment, including title, is:

Special Education Teacher, Newport Public Schools

Schools and degrees:

University of Vermont, BS:  Secondary English Education, Minor Sociology

Northeastern University, Masters:  Special Education

Professional organizations, please note leadership positions:

National  Education Association, Rhode Island, local officer.

Awards of recognitions associated with work:



Non-profit community organization affiliations and any leadership positions: n/a

Awards of recognitions associated with volunteer work:


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Ryan Belmore is the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp, LLC. Belmore has led What's Up Newp since December 2012. Belmore also serves as the Sr. Editor - North America for Mountain News - publisher of OnTheSnow. In his spare time, Belmore serves as the Vice President for the Board of Directors at Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors at Lucy's Hearth. Belmore is also a member and supporter of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers. Send questions, tips, and story ideas to Ryan@whatsupnewp.com.