Xay. Contributed photo

Today, Newport City Council At-Large member Elizabeth Fuerte endorsed Xaykham Rexford Khamsyvoravong, known simply as “Xay” (pronounced “Sigh”), for Newport City Council At-Large.  Fuerte’s is the first endorsement by a current Newport City Councilor for any candidate in the 2022 election.

In her statement, Fuerte explained, “Newport needs a new generation of civic leaders who have the compassion, skills, and work ethic to advance policies that help our residents.  Xay’s the total package and he is Newport’s most promising candidate for City Council.  I am proud to endorse him.”

Fuerte was elected to the Council At-Large in a highly competitive election in 2020.  She is not seeking re-election in November.

Fuerte continued, “As the son of a Laotian refugee who came to Rhode Island in the fallout of the Vietnam War, Xay’s compassion for the plight of our most vulnerable neighbors is rooted in the same type of lived perspective that inspired me to serve.” 

When asked how Fuerte came to know Xay, she explained, “I met Xay when he knocked on my front door on a Friday night, as he walked door-to-door to talk with my neighbors in the North End.   Newport deserves leaders like Xay who not only have the requisite skills to be effective, but who are willing to get out into our community and do the hard and often uncomfortable work of actually listening.  That’s why I believe Xay’s the guy for Newport City Council.”

Regarding Fuerte’s endorsement, Xay remarked, “I’m honored to receive Councilor Fuerte’s endorsement because I admire her career serving our community’s most vulnerable residents.  Like Elizabeth, I want to serve the City to pay forward the kindness that allowed my family to build an incredible life in Rhode Island.”

Fuerte’s full statement;

Councilor At-Large Elizabeth Fuerte: Xay’s Newport’s Guy 

Newport needs a new generation of civic leaders who have the compassion, skills and work  ethic to advance policies that help our residents. Xay is Newport’s most promising candidate  for City Council and I am proud to endorse him. 

I ran for the Newport City Council to increase the impact of my decades of advocacy work for  Newport’s residents. My passion for advocacy comes from my own lived experiences,  understanding exactly how challenging life can be, particularly for those with modest means. 

As the son of a Laotian refugee who came to Rhode Island in the fallout of the Vietnam War,  Xay’s compassion for the plight of our most vulnerable neighbors is rooted in the same type of  lived perspective that inspired me to serve. Xay embodies a sincere gratitude for the kindness  of our community and it is what fuels his desire to serve as a way to pay that kindness forward. 

Policymaking is a challenging skill and can take years to develop. Newporter’s can’t wait; our  residents need councilors ready to hit the ground running. Xay’s experience as a trusted expert  on government finances, attorney, and seasoned policymaker make him uniquely qualified to  serve during this pivotal time for Newport. 

Most importantly, he’s willing to work hard and to listen to residents. I met Xay when he  knocked on my front door on a Friday night, as he walked door-to-door to talk with my  neighbors in the North End. Newport deserves leaders like Xay who are willing to get out into  our community and do the hard and often uncomfortable work of actually listening. That’s why  I believe Xay’s the guy for Newport City Council.

Xay is among seven candidates seeking one of the four seats on Council At-Large in November. The other candidates are Katherine A. Jessup, Eames Hamilton Yates, Jr., Stephanie A. Smyth, Mark D. Aramli, and incumbents Jeanne-Marie Napolitano and Lynn Underwood Ceglie.

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