Former Senator and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed has made it official, after a few weeks of wonder and rumors she has officially come out in support of Democratic Candidate David Hanos to fill her Senate Seat at the State House.

What’sUpNewp has obtained a copy of the letter that is being sent to voters in Newport and Jamestown this week from the Hanos campaign.

Dear Voters of Senate District 13:

I am writing you to voice my support for David Hanos as our next State Senator.

I have known David and his family for many years.  David has served our community both as a member of the Newport Fire Department and the School Committee, of which he is currently chair.  David has acquired a great deal of experience dealing with State legislation as an advocate for education.  In particular, his advocacy for the Newport County Career and Technical Center has been tireless.  David has gained respect from the public as well as law makers for the leadership that he has demonstrated.  He has shown that that he listens to constituents’ concerns.

David exemplifies honesty, fairness and thoughtfulness. I believe David will use these qualities in his representation of Newport and Jamestown.  I most admire David’s work ethic.  I have acquired respect for his commitment to his family and his community.

With proud enthusiasm (and as your former Senator and the RI Senate President), I strongly support David Hanos as the best candidate to the Rhode Island Senate.  I urge you to join with me in voting for David Hanos in the July 18th Democratic Primary.


Teresa Paiva Weed

The distribution of the letter is being paid for by Friends Of Hanos For Senate.

The four Democratic candidates, John Florez, David Allard, David Hanos and Dawn Euer, will face off in a Democratic Primary on Tuesday, July 18th.

The winner of the Democratic Primary on July 18th will face Republican Michael Smith, Independent Kim Ripoli and Green Party Candidate Gregory Larson on August 22nd.