While two people have already announced their candidacy, several others are considering running to fill Teresa Paiva Weed’s Senate seat for District 13 (Newport, Jamestown).

Senator Teresa Paiva Weed announced on March 22nd that she will be resigning from the Senate and will be accepting the presidency of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island, a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to assisting member hospitals to meet the health care needs of Rhode Islanders. Paiva Weed has been the state senator from District 13 since 1992.

Her resignation as Senate President has occurred, 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).

Here’s who’s considering running to become the new Senator for District 13;

1 – On March 23rd, City Councilor and local business owner John Florez was the first to officially throw his hat in the ring for the senate seat.  Florez was first elected to the City Council in 2014 and re-elected in 2016.

2 – 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.

3 – Mike Smith, a Newport resident and business owner, has confirmed that he is meeting with advisors and is considering running for the Senate seat. In 2016, Smith ran as an Independent against Lauren Carson for House District 75 (Newport). Smith ran as a Republican against Senate President M. Theresa Paiva Weed (District 13) in the 2014 election.

4 – Dave Carlin, a Newport resident and member of Newport School Committee, may run. 

5 – Sav Rebechhi, a Jamestown resident who ran against Paiva Weed as an Independent in 2016, says he is watching who comes forward for the race closely.

6 – WPRI has shared that Rhode Island Public radio reported recently that David Allard, a former aide to Governor Gina Raimondo, may also run.

Some potential candidates are keeping an eye on what Representative Deborah Ruggiero does, they believe she may have some interest in the position. Ruggiero has served the residents of Jamestown and Middletown in District 74 since first being elected in November 2008.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).