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What to know for the Senate District 13 Special Election on Tuesday, August 22nd


Residents in Rhode Island Senate District 13 (Newport, Jamestown) will go to the polls on Tuesday, August 22nd to decide who will replace M. Teresa Paiva Weed at the State House.

Paiva Weed resigned in the spring to take a position as executive director of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island.

Democratic Dawn Euer, an attorney and nonprofit advocate, will face Republican Michael Smith, who owns Industry Electric and has previously run unsuccessfully for state Representative and state Senate; Independent Kimberly Ripoli, former associate director of the Division of Veterans Affairs and a 26-year Navy veteran; and Green Party candidate Gregory Larson, a Newport resident, who previously ran unsuccessfully for state House of Representatives.

All four candidates are Newport residents.

Back in July, Euer bested a field of four Democrats, all of whom had backing from powerful individuals in Newport and Jamestown and around the state, to win the Democratic nomination.

 

Eight polling locations will be open in Newport on Tuesday from 7 am to 8 pm, residents and registered voters may only vote at their designated polling location.

Voters in Precinct: Will cast their ballots at:
2102 Pell Elementary School, 35 Dexter Street
2103 St. Peter’s Church, 525 Broadway
2104 St. John’s Church Hall, 61 Poplar Street
2105 Donovan Manor, 19 Chapel Street
2106 Newport Public Library, 300 Spring Street
2107 Roger’s High School, 15 Wickham Road
2108 Thompson Middle School, 55 Broadway
2109 Park Holm Senior Center, 1 Eisenhower Road

Voters registered in Precinct 2101 do not reside in Senate District 13 and are therefore ineligible to vote in this election.

Two polling locations will be open in Jamestown from 7 am to 8 pm. The Polling Locations in Jamestown for the Special Election are: Jamestown Recreation Center, 41 Conanicus Avenue  for District 1 and Lawn Avenue School, 55 Lawn Avenue for District 2.

If you are unsure of your precinct, visit vote.sos.ri.gov.

A sample ballot for Newport Precinct 2106 is below, note the order of the candidates will be in the same order for all Precincts. You may also view a sample of your ballot on vote.sos.ri.gov.

What’sUpNewp and AM 1540 WADK hosted a Senate District 13 Candidate Forum on Tuesday, August 15th live on the air at AM 1540 WADK.

Republican candidate Mike Smith, Democratic candidate Dawn Euer and Independent candidate Kim Ripoli participated in the two-hour forum that was moderated by Frank Prosnitz, news editor of What’sUpRhode Island and on-air radio host at AM 1540 WADK, and Ryan Belmore, Owner & Editor of What’sUpNewp and What’sUpRhodeIsland.

Listen to or watch the candidate forum here.

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