“I have been honored to serve the residents of Jamestown, Newport, and Rhode Island for the past eight months,” said Euer, who was sworn into office in August. “Working with every day Rhode Islanders to help resolve problems at the state level is the best part of this job. I know that when we work together we can make lasting and impactful change.”
Democratic candidate Dawn Euer will carry on former Sen. M. Teresa Paiva Weed’s legacy in the State Senate District 13 seat after she won every polling location and garnered more than half of the votes during the Aug. 22 special election. Overall, 18 percent of all eligible voters in the district cast ballots, according to a polling spreadsheet the City of Newport provided to Newport This Week.
The seat, which represents Newport and Jamestown, became vacant in the spring when Paiva Weed (D), who was in office since 1993 and sat as senate president since 2009, resigned to lead the Hospital Association of Rhode Island.
Based on preliminary, unofficial results, Euer received 1,982 or 58.7 percent of the 3,375 votes cast, not including mail-in and emergency ballots. She was followed by Republican Michael Smith (1,295), Independent Kimberly Ripoli (73) and Green Party candidate Gregory Larson (17).
After the last results rolled in at around 8:15 p.m., Euer embraced her campaign manager, Erich Haslehurst, at the Elks Lodge as the song “Celebration” came over the speakers and the 40 people gathered began to cheer. After receiving hugs and congratulations from numerous friends and supporters, Euer thanked everyone, saying the campaign would not have been successful without them.
Dawn Euer easily outpaced her opponents in a four-person primary Tuesday and will represent the Democrats in the District 13 Senate general election next month.
Dawn Euer, an attorney and activist who fought for marriage equality in Rhode Island, won Tuesday’s Democratic primary for state Senate District 13 by a landslide, getting twice as many votes as her nearest challenger.
Euer now heads to the general election Aug. 22 against Republican Michael Smith, Green Party candidate Gregory Larson and independent Kimberly Ripoli.
We must invest in public education if we want our kids to succeed. We must ensure that our schools are properly maintained and that our students are in buildings that are conducive to learning. I am committed to making sure our district is well represented and will work to make sure that the funding formula is fair and equitable.
I will work hard to ensure our senior citizens are getting the care they deserve. I know how important it is to have access to information about support programs and services, public transportation that is professional and reliable, and policies that will help them stay in their homes as they age.
I’m proud to accept the endorsements of Sierra Club and Clean Water Action because of my commitment to creating a sustainable and resilient Rhode Island. As a 4-year member of the Newport Energy and Environment Commission and Project Manager for the Newport Open Space Partnership, I have dealt with environmental issues first hand. I understand the expense of municipal waste management, the continued problems with street flooding and the cost of energy to cities, towns, and the state.
I can't think of a better person to be our next state senator than Dawn Euer. I have had the great pleasure of working with Dawn as co-project managers for the Newport Open Space Plan. I've seen Dawn in action and can attest to the fact that she is an effective leader who has the ability to engage those whose voices are not always heard and encourage folks to speak up for their families and neighborhoods.
PROVIDENCE - Clean Water Action is pleased to announce their endorsement of Dawn Euer’s candidacy in the special election for the state senate seat in district 13.