Progressive Democrat Dawn Euer is one step closer to succeeding former Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed in representing Newport and Jamestown in the state Senate. She handily beat her three male competitors in the District 13 primary today and now faces Republican Mike Smith, Green Party candidate Greg Larson and independent Kimberly Ripoli in the August 22 general election.
Early results showed Euer, an activist and a lawyer who is no stranger to State House issues and politics, with a commanding lead. Euer won 876 of 1822 votes cast. Newport fire fighter and school committee David Hanos, had 510. Newport City Councilor John Florez had 241 votes and yoga teacher and former Raimondo staffer David Allard won 195 votes in his first foray into electoral politics. The Board of Elections still has yet to count mail ballots.
“I want to thank the voters of Jamestown and Newport for believing in our campaign and our vision for the district,” Euer said in a statement, “but most importantly I want to thank them for choosing me as their Democratic nominee for State Senate.”
She continued, “We started talking to voters four months ago and heard loud 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 already seeing.
Euer is a Newport attorney who represents non-profits and social justice causes. She is the chair of Bike Newport and led the successful campaign to keep a Twin River casino out of Newport. She’s best known among progressives for working on the successful marriage equality campaign that helped legalize same sex marriage in Rhode Island.
Euer’s primary win was celebrated by several left-leaning groups.
“Dawn is an incredible organizer, committed to working families,” said Georgia Hollister Isman, director of Rhode Island Working Families. “Her election victory over sitting elected officials shows that voters are hungry for true progressive champions. Dawn will always put working families priorities over politics as usual. She is exactly the kind of champion Rhode Island Working Families Party seeks out to endorse and support for service in the Rhode Island General Assembly.”
Said Craig O’Connor, director of public policy and government relations of Planned Parenthood, “Dawn Euer is a true champion of reproductive rights. Her leadership and voice are needed at the State House.”