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Newport School Committee chairman Ray Gomes today announced that he won’t be seeking relection this November.

Gomes provided What’sUpNewp with the following statement;

“After considerable thought and discussion with my family, I have decided to not seek reelection to the Newport School Committee. It has been very interesting to serve on behalf of Newport’s families during the last several years, including some unprecedented times. I can say that every decision I have made has been with the best interest of Newport’s families and our students in mind to provide the best educational experience possible so that they may find success in life.  My decision to not run has been made based on my own family growing and settling up and down the east coast while I have served on the School Committee and my desire to spend more time with them. It has been truly an honor to receive the support from my family, friends, Newport Families, and the Newport Community at large that has enabled me to serve as a member of the Newport School Committee. To them I say, Hooray !!! “

Local and statewide candidates must file their declarations of candidacy by 4 pm on Wednesday, June 29.

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 - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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 ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.