Newport resident Dawn Euer, a community organizer and lawyer, announced today she is a candidate for state senate in District 13, representing Newport and Jamestown.

Senator Teresa Paiva Weed announced on March 22nd that effective May 1, 2017, she will accept the presidency of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island (HARI), a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to assisting member hospitals to meet the health care needs of Rhode Islanders. Her resignation as Senate President has occured, her resignation from the Senate is expected to happen next week. There will be a special election for Jamestown and Newport within 90 days of her stepping down from her Senate seat, the election would likely happen after this session comes to an end (June/July).

Paiva Weed has been the state senator from District 13 since 1992.

“It’s an interesting and challenging time in our democracy,” said Euer. “We need leaders at the State House who promote and practice transparency, communication, citizen engagement and support for the people of Rhode Island. I would be privileged and honored to play that role and represent the people of Jamestown and Newport in the Senate.”

On Thursday, Newport City Councilor and local business owner John Florez was the first to announce he would be running for Senate District 13.

Euer received her B.A. from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and moved to Rhode Island ten years ago to attend Roger Williams University School of Law, where she served as President of the Association for Public Interest Law and as a Board Member for the Environmental Law Society. “I fell in love with the state’s history, natural beauty and amazing people,” Euer explained about making Rhode Island her home.

Euer runs her own law practice where she supports small businesses, nonprofits, and social entrepreneurs as they work towards creating a brighter future in Rhode Island. As a woman-owned small business, she knows first-hand the inherent challenges, and the many opportunities to improve the small business experience.

“Every day I meet with community leaders, social entrepreneurs, and others who care deeply about this state and want to see us reach our potential. Creative solutions come from bringing all participants to the table and listening to these many perspectives,” said Euer. “My experience analyzing problems and bringing diverse voices together will help me be successful in the Rhode Island Senate.”

Euer established herself as a presence in the Rhode Island community during the historic marriage equality campaign, which she helped to run. Always willing to be a personal resource for positive community change, Euer provides advocacy and strategy guidance to numerous local agencies and nonprofits, including Newport Health Equity Zones (HEZ), Newport Open Space Partnership, and the Newport Energy and Environment Commission. Additionally, she serves as Board Chair at Bike Newport, and has been a board member for the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, Chair of the Newport and South County chapter of the RI National Organization for Women, Field Director of FightBackRI, Director of Education and Community Outreach of Marriage Equality Rhode Island, and Deputy Campaign Director for Rhode Islanders United for Marriage.

“I am deeply committed to public service because I cherish my community and am proud to call Rhode Island my home,” added Euer. “I look forward to serving the residents of Jamestown and Newport in Senate District 13 and fighting to bring their voices to the State House.”