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July 27, 2017

Democrats in Senate Race Actively Fundraising; Lining up Support From Prominent Dems around RI


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The latest financial disclosure forms filed by candidates vying for the Senate seat in Newport held until this Spring by M. Teresa Paiva Weed, has found all four Democrats in the race actively fundraising, indicating a wide range of support throughout the state’s Democratic party.

Meanwhile, the Republican, Green Party and Independent candidates, in papers filed over the first half of the year, show no significant fundraising efforts.

The primary election for the Senate 13 seat is scheduled for July 18, and the special election for August 22.

Democrats in the race are David Allard, who works for the Rhode Island Department of Education; Dawn Euer, a lawyer who owns her own firm and is also a community organizer; Newport Councilman John Florez, who owns his own web design firm; and Newport School Committee Chair David Hanos, a captain in the local fire department.

The Republican candidate is Michael Smith, who owns Industry Electric, and has previously run unsuccessfully for state Representative and State Senate. Kimberly Ripoli, former associate director of the Division of Veterans Affairs and a 26-year Navy veteran, is the independent candidates. Gregory Larson, a Newport resident and unsuccessful candidate for a House of Representatives seat, is the Green Party Candidate.

Here’s a snapshot of each of the Democratic candidates fundraising efforts, some of the individuals who have supported them financially, and some of their consultants.

  • David Allard raised $14,085 from individual contributors during the last quarter, according to his financial disclosure form. He also received $1,000 from a Political Action Committee, Providence PAC, which lists its address as One Park Row in Providence. Among his financial supporters is Patti Doyle, a public relations consultant who has numbered among her clients Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello of Cranston, Twin River, and the Pawtucket Red Sox. Allard had raised nearly $8,000 in the previous quarter, and with expenses, his ending balance for the quarter was $9,895.
  • Dawn Euer raised $18,401 from individual contributors during the quarter to add to the $10,492 she raised previously. After expenses her balance is $16,421.65.  Among her contributors during the quarter were former state Sen. J. Clement Cicilline, who Paiva Weed defeated in a primary election when she first ran for Senate; the Rev. Don Anderson of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches; Providence State Rep. Aaron Regunberg; and former state Rep. Ray Sullivan, a partner with Brad Dufault in Checkmate Consulting, and the leader of Rhode Island United’s successful campaign to legalize same sex marriage.
  • Councilman John Florez showed individual contributions of $6,000. He previously loaned his campaign $50,000, and after expenses, the campaign showed an ending balance of $26,082.96. Among his contributors was former Providence Mayor and prominent real estate developer Joe Paolino. Most noteworthy was the payment of $4,250 to Louis Estrada, who was described by Florez as his campaign manager. Estrada was sentenced to 70 years in prison for his part in a factor jewelry robbery, serving 22 years. He remains on parole. He was 23 when he committed the crime. While in prison, Estrada took advantage of Pell grants and said he took as many courses as he could. Upon his release, he became a paralegal at a law firm, and a political activist, while also serving on the boards of RICAREs, Open Door, and the Probation and Parole FACTS program.
    School Committee Chair
  • David Hanos, who is endorsed by the Senate’s 13th district committee, raised $3,100 from individual contributions, and $9,900 from Political Action Committees. After expenses, his campaign’s balance is $15039.39. He received a contribution from former state Sen. M. Teresa Paiva Weed, who he seeks to replace in the Senate. He also received several thousand dollars from Political Action Committees associated with firefighter and rescue department around the state. Among those were East Greenwich, Cumberland, the International Association of Firefighters, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, Warwick, West Warwick and the Rhode Island Association of Firefighters. He also received a contribution from the PAC associated with the Teachers Association of Newport.
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