After being a member of the Newport City Council for almost 20 years, I am appalled at the ugliness of this campaign—nationally, statewide, and locally. As most people know, I am assertive in my role as City Councilor. It is part of my role in representing my constituents.

This week I have been made aware of a number of false accusations put forth by people who are writing cards, one in particular, to voters and who are calling voters to state that I should not be elected. To set the record straight, I state the following:

1. I am a resident of RI and pay both local real estate and state income taxes.
2. I vacation like everyone else and typically go to Florida—but never for more than a month a years, in total visits.
3. Any person running for City Council must be a resident and registered voter.
4. I am not looking to sell Rogers High School in order to list the land and make a real estate commission on the transaction. I do residential sales and my reputation means more to me than money ever will.

Kathryn “Kate” Leonard
37 Castle Hill Avenue
Newport, RI