2017-07-20 / Front Page

Euer coasts to Senate primary win

She will carry mantle for Democrats in Aug. 22 general election
BY TIM RIEL AND ROBERT BERCZUK

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.

Euer won all four primary districts in Jamestown and Newport, garnering almost half of the vote, an impressive figure in a four-way race. In Jamestown, she won 64 percent of the vote, taking 341 of 532 votes cast.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” she said Tuesday night while celebrating the victory at the Firehouse Theater in Newport. “I want to thank the voters of Jamestown and Newport for believing in our campaign and our vision for the district, but most importantly I want to thank them for choosing me as their Democratic nominee for state Senate. “

Euer had been in Jamestown during the day working the polls at Lawn School, adding she’ll stick to her game plan of getting out and talking to voters going forward. “I’ll continue to talk about the issues that effect Newport and Jamestown,” she said. “I think a decisive win shows that (the strategy worked).”

David Hanos, whose strong showing in Newport wasn’t enough to close Euer’s wide Jamestown gap, could not be reached for comment.

Euer will face Republican Michael Smith, independent Kimberly Ripoli and Green Party candidate Gregory Larson in the Aug. 22 special election for the state Senate seat that represents Jamestown and Newport. Teresa Paiva Weed represented the area for 25 years before resigning in March to take a job as president of the Hospital Association of Rhode Island.

Euer, 38, owns a Newport law practice working with nonprofits, social enterprises and small businesses. This is her first foray at political office.

Her top priorities are the cost of housing, supporting main street businesses and senior citizens.

“I want to work to increase home ownership and explore solutions to ensure working families, veterans, students, young professionals and retirees can continue to live here,” she said.

In regard to small businesses, she is seeking to ensure their interactions with state agencies are easy and transparent.

To help seniors, she wants to introduce policies that allow seniors to remain active in their communities, whether through working, volunteering, serving as family caregivers or in other capacities. She said active and engaged seniors stay healthy longer, which would reduce health care costs.

“We started talking to voters over four months ago and heard loud and clear what voters in this district care about,” she said. “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. And we know that our seniors deserve to get access to the care they need to age in place.”

Hanos, 47, is a Newport firefighter and owner of DC Hanos Contracting. The Newport School Committee chairman said education was his primary issue in the campaign, adding he would be a proven advocate for the children’s future.

Florez, 46, is the chief executive officer of Drupal Connect, a web development company based in Newport. He also serves as a councilor at-large in Newport. He could not be reached for comment.

Strengthening the economy by growing industry and creating year-round sustainable jobs was his top priority in the campaign.

Allard, 35, who manages the state’s third-grade reading goal, said during the campaign investing in education was his top priority. He especially wanted to expand early childhood education opportunities for the state’s children to get them off on their best foot forward.

While he said Tuesday night he felt he connected with people, “I guess it just wasn’t my time.”

He said he would be open to possibly running for office again in the future.

Euer said she hopes to continue her momentum in the short five-week sprint to the general election.

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

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