Newport This Week

Local New to the Gubernatorial Race

Ashley Kalus, a mother of three school-aged boys living in New­port’s Fifth Ward, has announced her run for governor. A self-pro­claimed political outsider, she has a degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in fi­nance and legal studies.

Kalus is a businesswoman and healthcare executive who has built and run several businesses. For the last two years, she has served com­munities in multiple ways, from setting up a safety net COVID-19 testing center in Florida to launching travel testing at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. She returned to Rhode Island to assist with large scale testing and vaccinations.

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