The Top of the Hill Neighborhood Association has partnered with What’s Up Newp to bring to its members, and any other interested parties, a discussion with the Newport City Council 2nd Ward candidates, Kim Salerno and Charlie Holder.

During the discussion, candidates will be covering a number of topics provided by the Top of the Hill Association. It is hoped that this conversation will give voters the insights that will allow them to make a better-informed decision on election day.

Top of the Hill Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote social and cultural interaction among its neighborhood members, to maintain and enhance the character and integrity of the neighborhood, and to enhance the quality of life of neighborhood residents.

The discussion will be held live virtually at 7 pm on Thursday, October 8th. Those wishing to watch the conversation can do so live, or anytime afterward, on our website (below), on our Facebook Page, or on YouTube.

Those wishing to participate in the conversation or who wish to ask a question of the candidates can leave comments and questions here on Facebook or email them ahead of the conversation to

More on the Newport City Council Ward 2 candidates

1 – Charlie Holder

Video interview on August 24

2 – Kim Salerno

Video interview on August 18

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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.

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