Dear Editor, a letter of support – 

Those who have written endorsements for Kim Salerno to represent Second Ward on the city council have done such a wonderful job that my humble endorsement may not sway many voters, but please consider this short letter.  

It is true that Kim was not born here nor did she attend high school here, that was a decision her parents made.  However, when she could decide, Kim Salerno moved her family here, began a business and volunteered to help the city she loves.  Her exemplary performance on the historic district commission and the planning board(current) attest to her devotion to protecting our exceptional quality of life while preserving our neighborhoods, our historic past and developing a more diverse economy.

I have known Kim almost since the day she moved here. She is my friend, neighbor and a participant on foreign policy discussion group; she is smart, knowledgeable and a visionary who will help guide our city to the best possible future.  

Your vote for Kim Salerno is a vote for a better Newport, a Newport with first class schools, strong neighborhoods and a flourishing business community, – who could ask for more.  Vote for Kim!

John Drotos, Newport

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He 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 and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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