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Newport resident Stephanie Smyth this week filed her declaration of candidacy for an At-Large seat on Newport City Council.

Smyth provided What’sUpNewp with the following statement regarding her candidacy;

“I’d like to officially announce my candidacy for one of the four At-Large seats on the Newport City Council in the upcoming November election. I’ve lived in Newport for 48 years and it’s been exciting to see how it’s grown and developed over those years. As a citizen, there are various areas of the development of Newport that I am both excited and concerned for, such as, the needs of the community in regards to affordable housing and employment opportunities that will enable all who currently reside in Newport to continue to do so, the development and growth of our schools both from a facility to an educational standpoint, and the public concerns that face our city regarding the development of the North End Urban Plan and its impact to the citizens that reside there.

I bring to the table with me my professional background in areas of education (as a paraprofessional education in grades K-12), investment financing, hospitality (through working for various local restaurants and hotels), and federal service in Government Contracting. I also bring to the table my educational background in psychology and business and my experience in municipal Government through my appointments to the Charter Review Committee and Tree and Open Space Commission.

All of this experience has taught me patience, cooperation, the importance of community, and the benefit of compromise. My commitment is to serve the citizens of our great city and contribute to its growth and prosperity. I will support public safety, encourage continued improvements of city infrastructure, support education, encourage affordable housing, and encourage new economic development while supporting locale businesses.

I look forward to representing everyone in Newport fairly and will do so by listening openly to the concerns of our community members with the goal of building a better Newport, one that thrives economically but maintains that small town uniqueness of a close-knit community that I grew up in. I will run a positive campaign, one in which I will display integrity and honestly in all of my interactions and treat all that I encounter with the utmost respect.

We live in a great city so let’s work together to make it an even better place to live, work, and play!!”

Candidates had up until 4 pm to file their declaration of candidacy for local and statewide offices.

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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.

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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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