Teresa Paiva Weed’s last Senate session as Senator of District 13 (Newport, Jamestown) was on Thursday, she will be officially resigning her seat on Friday, March 31st.

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Paiva Weed, who has been the state senator of District 13 since 1992, announced on March 22nd that she would be resigning from the Senate and would 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.

Three democrats have announced that they will run for the Senate seat – John Florez, Dawn Euer and David Allardmeaning there will be a primary election before the special election if all three candidates do officially make their declaration of candidacy.

Update: The Rhode Island Secretary of State has announced that the special election to fill Paiva Weed’s Senate seat will be on August 22nd. There will be a Primary on July 18th. if necessary.

Secretary of State Gorbea sets dates for special election in Senate District 13

Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced today that there will be a special election in Senate District 13 to fill the seat of former Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. Senate District 13 includes parts of Newport and Jamestown.

“I appreciate President Paiva Weed’s longstanding service to the people of Rhode Island and her leadership in the Senate,” Secretary Gorbea said. “We are working closely with the Board of Elections and the Newport and Jamestown Boards of Canvassers to make sure that eligible voters in Senate District 13 can elect their new representative in state government in an election process that is fair, fast, and accurate.”

State law authorizes the Secretary of State to order a special election to fill a vacancy. The declaration period for candidates interested in running for the Senate District 13 seat will take place on June 8 and 9, 2017. A special Primary election will take place on July 18, 2017 if more than one candidate from either party qualifies for the ballot.

Special Election Calendar:

April 19: Deadline to disaffiliate in order to vote in the primary

May 10: Deadline for candidates to register to vote to be able to run for office

June 8-9: Deadline for candidates to file Declarations of Candidacy with their local board of canvassers

June 12: Deadline for endorsements to be filed by party district committees

June 18: Last day to register to vote for the primary

June 20: Deadline for candidates to submit nomination papers to local boards of canvassers

June 27: Last day to submit a mail ballot application for the primary

June 28 – July 17: Emergency ballot period for the primary

July 18: PRIMARY

July 23: Last day to register to vote for the election

August 1: Last day to submit a mail ballot application for the election

August 2 – August 21: Emergency ballot period for the election

August 22: ELECTION

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