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July 27, 2017

Democratic Candidates Spending Increases in the Days Before the Senate District 13 Primary Election


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There were no surprises in the latest financial filings of the four candidates for the Democratic nomination for the Senate District 13 seat, with each candidate left with a reasonable cash balance for the last few days of the campaign, and each showing expenditures outpacing contributions.

Candidates are required to file a financial report seven days before an election. In this case, it bridged the period from the last financial filing on June 20 to July 10.  The primary election is next Tuesday (July 18), and the special election is August 22.

Councilman John Florez was the big spender, with $19,027.75 paid out over the period from June 20 to July 10, much of that for paid staff. School Committee Chair David Hanos, who is endorsed by the district committee, continued to raise funds from firefighters and firefighter and union organizations, and won support from M. Teresa Paiva Weed, who left that Senate position in the spring to become chief executive at the Hospital Association of Rhode Island.

Here’s an update of the most recent financial activity from each of the Democratic candidates.

  • David Allard, who works for the Rhode Island Department of Education, raised $4,015 during the June 20-July 10 period, and spent $5,349.45, leaving him with a balance at the end of that period of $6,223.54. Most notable among his contributors was an additional donation from Patti Doyle, a public relations consultant who has numbered among her clients Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello of Cranston, Twin River, and the Pawtucket Red Sox.

 

  • Dawn Euer, a lawyer, raised $1,615 from individual contributors and $1,000 from the National Education Association Retired Political Action Committee. She spent $11,170.82, leaving her with a balance of $8,250.83.

 

  • Councilman John Florez, who owns a web design firm and who is financing his campaign primarily from a personal loan of $50,000, raised only $700 in contributions during the reporting period. He spent $19,027.75, mostly on staff salaries, including $4,250 to Louis Estrada, who has been described by Florez as his campaign manager. Estrada has spent considerable time in prison, convicted of a jewelry theft. While in prison he took advantage of various educational programs, and upon his release became a paralegal at a law firm and a political activist. Florez reported a balance at the end of the reporting period of $8,109.13.

 

  • School Committee Chair David Hanos, a captain in the fire department and endorsed by the Senate’s 13th district committee, reported individual contributions of $3,350, including a $500 contribution from a Woonsocket firefighter, two contributions from Paiva Weed, and $1,500 from Political Action Committees from the International Union of Printers, Plumber and Firefighters Union, and Rhode Island Laborers Union. Hanos reported the largest balance of $13,176.
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