As we approach what promises to be among the most intriguing and important general elections in recent memory, WhatsUpNewp will be exploring races throughout Newport County and statewide. We will leave the presidential campaign to the major networks.

Already we have seen some upheaval in the primary election, where progressives defeated some incumbents, including some who hold major positions in the legislature.

Explore our 2020 Election Coverage here.

Just as intriguing are races for council and school committee from Jamestown to Little Compton. 

As we did in the primary election, we will be providing stories, interviewing candidates via our videocasting, and posting surveys from candidates who responded to our request. If you are a candidate and have not received a questionnaire, please contact What’sUpNewp or Frank Prosnitz at

Today we continue with our candidate profiles with J. Mark Ryan, MD, a candidate for Portsmouth Town Council.

J. Mark Ryan, MD

Government/political history 

Current office (if none, please note none. Please note when elected initially, ex: Town Council, 1964):  Portsmouth Town Council, 2016

Previous political/government elected offices held, and years: Dist. 72 RI Democratic Party State Committeeman (2018-present); 2016 Democratic  National Convention Delegate  

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: n/a

Previous elective political positions sought, year and outcomes: 2016 and 2020 Democratic National Convention Delegate candidate – not selected

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

making sure Portsmouth government is now run in way that is transparent, based on rational analyses of facts and options, and using prudent short and long-term planning tools.  

 If elected my three top goals are:  

protect our schools, properly maintain town properties and infrastructure, and provide essential services while keeping taxes low.

Employment and Education 

My current employment, including title, is: Primary care physician (internist), Brown Physicians, Inc. 

Schools and degrees: 

Harvard College, BA; Brown University Medical School, MD 

Professional organizations, please not leadership positions: 

Physicians for a National Health Program, RI Chapter President; American College of Physicians; RI Medical Society. 

Awards of recognitions associated with work: 

ACP Fellow 


Non-profit community organization affiliations and any leadership positions: RI Healthcare Access and Affordability Partnership, board member; Aquidneck Land Trust 

Awards of recognitions associated with volunteer work:  n/a

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore 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.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

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

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

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

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.