NEWPORT, R.I. –  Dawn Euer has won the Democratic primary election for the Senate District 13 seat previously held by M. Teresa Paiva Weed, who was the powerful Senate president.

Paiva Weed resigned in the spring to take a position as executive director of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island. She backed David Hanos, the school committee chairperson who was endorsed by the Senate 13 District Committee.

Dawn Euer bested a field of four Democrats, all of whom had backing from powerful individuals in Newport and Jamestown and around the state. The district covers all of Jamestown and parts of Newport.

Allard pledged to back the winning Democratic candidate. The other candidates – David Hanos and John Florez – did not respond to an email question from WhatsUpNewp asking if they would support the winning Democratic candidate if they lost.

“I want to thank the voters of Jamestown and Newport for believing in our campain nad our visito for the district” said Euer, who now faces three other candidates in an August 22 special election. “But most importantly I want to thank them for choosing me as their Democratic nominee for State Senate”

“We started talking to voters over four months ago and heard oud and clear what voters in this district care about. We care about investing in our workers and small businesses to create jobs. We care about building a government that is transparent and accountable. WE want to do more to stem the tide of climate change and prepare our communities for the impacts we are seeing. And we know that our seniors deserve to get access to the care they need to age in place,” Euer shared with What’sUpNewp.

“During these months, we’ve built incredible grassroots energy and momentum that has been both humbling and inspiring. We’re looking forward to carrything that energy forward to win the General Election in August,” Euer said.

She’ll 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.

Euer prevailed in what was a spirited campaign that included five separate candidate forums in Newport and Jamestown.

On election day, all Democratic candidates were cautiously optimistic, realizing that nearly 900 absentee ballots were outstanding in Newport.  As of 2 pm on Tuesday, only 381 of those had been received by Newport’s Board of Canvassers.

According to the most recent data available (October 25, 2016) from the State of Rhode Island Board of Elections, Jamestown has 1,643 active registered Democrat voters, 688 active registered Republican voters, 16 active registered Moderate voters and 2,298 active registered Unaffiliated voters. In Newport, there were 5,791 active registered Democrat voters, 1,966 active registered Republican voters, 64 active registered Moderate voters and 5,890 active registered Unaffiliated voters.

Unofficial counts from the polls are as follows (these numbers will be updated  mail and absentee ballot information are received);

  1. Euer – 876 total votes (139 at Pell Elementary School, 192 at Donovan Manor, 204 at Newport Public Library and 341 in Jamestown)
  2. Hanos – 510 (134 at Pell, 139 at Donovan Manor, 161 at Newport Public Library  and 76 in Jamestown)
  3. Florez – 241 (41 at Pell, 72 at Donovan Manor, 83 at Newport Public Library and 45 in Jamestown)
  4. Allard – 195 (31 at Pell, 54 at Donovan Manor, 40 at Newport Public Library and 70 in Jamestown)
Unofficial result board at Euer’s Campaign headquarters on Tuesday evening. All votes will be officially certified on Friday morning, according to the Board of Elections.
Unofficial result board at Euer’s Campaign headquarters on Tuesday evening. All votes will be officially certified on Friday morning, according to the Board of Elections.

More than $118,000 has already been raised by the Democratic candidates, according to campaign finance records.

Allard, who went into the final week of the election with a campaign balance of $6,222 had raised more than $18,000 during the campaign, winning support from Patti Doyle, a public relations consultant who had previously numbered among her clients House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, D-Cranston, Twin River, and the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Euer, who raised more than $20,000 during the campaign had a balance of more than $8,000 going into the final week. She had won financial support from former state Sen. J. Clement Cicilline, who Paiva Weed defeated in a primary election when she first ran for Senate; the Rev. Don Anderson of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches; Providence state Representative Aaron Regunberg; Planned Parenthood; and former state Representative Ray Sullivan, a partner with Brad Dufault in Checkmate Consulting, and a leader of Rhode Island United successful campaign to legalize same sex marriage.

Florez, who had backed his campaign primarily with a $50,000 personal loan, entered the last week of the campaign with $8,109, and included among his financial supporters former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino, who is also a prominent real estate developer.

Hanos, who raised more than $30,000 for his campaign, entered the final week with more than $13,000 remaining. He was formally endorsed by Paiva Weed and a Right to Life organization, and included among his financial supporters’ firefighter Political Action Committees from East Greenwich, Cumberland, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, Warwick, West Warwick, plus the International Association of Firefighters and Rhode Island Association of Firefighters. He also received contributions from a PACs associated with the Teachers Association of Newport, the International Union of Printers, Plumbers and Fitters, and Rhode Island Laborers.

The last day to register to vote in the Senate District 13 Special Election on August 22nd is July 23rd. The last day to submit a mail ballot application is August 1st and the Emergency Ballot Period is from August 2nd through August 21st. For more information on how or where to vote in the Special Election, contact the City Of Newport’s Canvassing Authority or Jamestown’s Board of Canvassers.