David Hanos, Newport firefighter, small business owner, and Chair of the Newport School Committee, today announced that he is running for the District 13 Senate seat, Newport and Jamestown.  David will be running as a Democrat.

Three democrats have announced that they will run for the Senate seat once occupied by Teresa Paiva Weed – John Florez, Dawn Euer, and David Allard, and one republican – Mike Smith. meaning there will be a primary  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.

The following is David’s announcement;

David Hanos, Newport firefighter, small business owner, and Chair of the Newport School Committee, today announced that he is running for the District 13 Senate seat, Newport and Jamestown.  David will be running as a Democrat.

David and his wife Teresa are longtime residents of Newport. They have four children – David (23), Caitlyn (21), and twin girls Jordyn (18) and Jillian (18) – all of whom attended public schools in Newport.  David also attended Newport schools and graduated from Rogers High School.  

“I am running for the Senate because I believe that working together with local leaders we can create 21st century jobs for our children.  As a member of the School Committee, I have worked hard to improve our vocational technical training, an area that can provide true working skills for our children.  I believe the community recognizes the improvements that we are making in public education, and I am proud to have been part of this success,” said Hanos who was first elected to the School Committee in 2014 and elected Chair in 2016.

David is a 23-year veteran of the Newport Fire Department, holding the rank of Captain. He is also owner of DC Hanos Contracting, LLC, a steel fabrication and repair business that was started by his father in 1971.

As a small business owner, David understands the challenges and frustration small business owners have with state regulatory burdens and recognizes the need to make it easier to operate a business.  “We must make it easier to operate a small business in Rhode Island.  The residents of Newport and Jamestown own and work in many small businesses. They are the backbone of our economy, and we must change the way we treat these businesses. We must enact smart laws that will reduce the regulatory red tape and lower the cost of doing business in this state.”

David also strongly opposes the budget proposal to take $2.6 million in toll revenue and make it general revenue for the state.  “The taking of toll revenue, paid by those who cross the bridge, is particularly offensive to the residents of Newport and Jamestown.  Tolls are paid with the understanding that they will be used in caring for our bridges, not paying the state’s bills.”

David is an enthusiastic supporter of the revitalization of the North End and will continue to fight for the completion of the removal of the bridge ramps.  He also supports and will fight for continued investment in the defense and marine trade economies.  David will advocate for continued investment in Fort Adams and support the region’s hospitality and tourism industry.  

“I am proud to have been raised in Newport and to have been able to raise a family in Newport.  I believe I have the experience and ability to work with local and state leaders to move forward with a business-friendly agenda, especially an agenda aimed at helping our small businesses. I also will continue to push for better funding of our educational system, especially in the Newport Area Career and Technical Center at Rogers, that not only benefits Newport but all our surrounding communities.  I have been a committed and involved member of our community and look forward to taking this experience to the state house.”

“The residents of District 13 deserve to have someone represent them at the State House that understands the challenges our communities face, and will be a strong voice advocating for policies that benefit our students, our businesses, and our quality of life.”
“I look forward to the upcoming campaign and speaking with residents of Newport and Jamestown about my vision for the future of our communities.  And, I want to thank my wife Teresa and our beautiful children for their encouragement and support.”

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
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