There will soon be one more progressive woman in the state Senate as Democrat Dawn Euer beat Republican Mike Smith in a special summer election to represent Jamestown and Newport as the senator from District 13.
“Tonight’s win is a win for everyone who believes that we need to do more to create good paying jobs and help our small businesses thrive,” Euer said. “Who believes we deserve a government that is transparent and accountable to the people it serves. Who believes we need to do more to address climate change and preserve the open spaces that make our communities special. And who believes that our seniors deserve the ability to age in place with dignity. ”
Preliminary results show Euer with a commanding 58 percent to 39 percent lead. She took 1982 votes and Smith won 1295.
“The voters have shown that people matter and that every voice and every vote are important,” Euer said. “Now more than ever we must encourage people to get involved, to be a part of their community and to do their part to help make a difference. I’m looking forward to carrying this energy forward to the State House and being a voice for every Jamestown and Newport resident.”
Euer is a lawyer and an activist. A Newport attorney who represents non-profits and social justice causes, she is the chair of Bike Newport. She was an important part of the team that successfully advocated for marriage equality in Rhode Island, and she led the campaign to defeat the Newport casino in 2014.
The progressive caucus in the state legislature has been growing in recent years, with several women winning important elections in recent elections.
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— Marcia Ranglin (@MRanglinVassell) August 23, 2017
Euer replaces former Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, who resigned mid-session last year to take a job in the private sector.
“Thank you to the voters of Jamestown and Newport for believing in our campaign,” Euer said. “But most importantly I want to thank them for choosing me as to represent them in the State Senate. I also want to thank the hundreds of volunteers who turned out to talk to voters about our vision for the district and Rhode Island.”