Xay Khamsyvoravong and Tyler Romero

Vote Xay Khamsyvoravong onto the Newport City Council. Xay and I had a wonderful conversation overlooking the harbor in July. As a passionate and concerned citizen of Newport, former candidate for City Council and member of Newport’s Affirmative Action Committee, I wanted to get to know Xay as a candidate. Admittedly, I grilled him on his beliefs and values and asked him to expand on his vision for a better Newport. I’ve been on Team Xay ever since.

Xay has spent his entire career working to improve local governments. He has an intimate knowledge of the processes that move cities into the future. It’s rare these days to have a candidate that exemplifies the best of public service: both an individual that personally cares about the community in which he lives, and a professional who strives to make the world a better place. Xay is that guy.

A key element of Xay’s platform is addressing our housing crisis. Xay recognizes the necessity of developing thriving “missing-middle” housing in the community, while simultaneously supporting local Newport residents by advocating for a homestead exemption.

Given his experience leading the Governor’s “Working Group on Transportation and Infrastructure,” I look forward to Xay being a fierce advocate for bike and pedestrian safety. He understands that our current society prioritizes cars, but hopes that we can come together as a community to learn about the benefits of a truly shared space that incentivizes alternative transportation and a more walkable city.

I’ve been able to see Xay interact with a lot of the community over the past few months. He’s knocked on over 3,000 doors! Now that’s commitment, and beyond commitment, that’s what real engagement looks like. He listens and responds to the needs of our neighbors very thoroughly.

Newport has a wonderful foundation to build on. Smart people, beautiful scenery, and vibrant businesses. Let’s keep moving forward.

Vote for Xay for Newport City Council for competent and experienced leadership.

Go to www.XayforNewport.com to learn more.

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