Aquidneck Island State Senators Lou DiPalma and Dawn Euer may be among dozens of Democratic state lawmakers facing primary election battles this September, some targeted by a leading progressive group by former Secretary of State Matt Brown, who announced this week he was running for governor.
Euer was first elected to District 13 headquarters in a special election in 2017, and DiPalma was elected to District 12 headquarters in 2009. District 13 includes Newport and Jamestown, and District 12 includes Little Compton , Tiverton, Middletown and Newport.
The two learned of the existence of their main opponents during a week in which there was a flurry of political activity, in which Brown joined the growing Democratic primary for Governor, and Secretary State candidate Nellie Gorbea, also a candidate for governor, has announced all-female campaign leadership. team.
Euer, surprisingly, has been the target of Brown’s Rhode Island Political Cooperative (RIPC), which supports the progressives. Euer, often identified as a progressive, has supported many progressive causes and a leader in women’s rights issues.
She is challenged by Jennifer Jackson, who on the INCP website is described as a former healthcare worker who served as president of the Thompson PTO, joined the North End Neighborhood Association and the Newport Little League Board, and co-founded STRONG with her husband. The INCP website describes STRONG as “an organization aimed at building community and mentoring the youth of Newport”.
Euer, lawyer, chairs the senatorial committee for the environment and agriculture. Following the expiration of the moratorium on evictions, Euer organized a forum to connect those having housing problems with the institutions that oversee rental assistance programs.
Former state representative Aaron Regunberg, among the state’s main progressives, criticized the targeting of Euer by the INCP. “What an absurd waste of resources, which will now serve both to attack and defend a longtime progressive ally, rather than targeting the real obstacles to progress in our state,” Regunberg said, in a commentary to WPRI TV.
According to the state electoral board, Euer has $ 25,115 in his campaign account. Jackson, who ran unsuccessfully for the school committee in 2016, did not file a campaign fundraising report for 2021.
DiPalma was first elected to the District 12 seat of the State Senate in 2009.
DiPalma’s challenge is Jenna Magnuski, who is not among the INCP nominees, although her profile matches that of many INCP nominees. In a press release, she said she was a museum educator and was pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Massachusetts.
She said she was elected to the Little Compton Budget Committee, was involved in school-related committees, joined the Little Compton Coalition for Racial Justice and helped form Love Wins Little Compton, a nonprofit committee that helps meet the needs of LGBTQ + people. community,
DiPalma, a technical engineer at Raytheon, chairs the Senate Committee on Rules, Government Ethics, and Oversight. He is vice-chair of the finance committee and was among the finalists in Gov. Dan McKee’s search for a lieutenant governor, a position he held until he was elevated earlier this year when Gov. Gina Raimondo joined the Biden administration.
DiPalma received a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Bridgeport and a master’s degree in computer science from Brown University.
DiPalma has $ 25,515 in his campaign fundraising account, according to the Election Council. Magnuski, according to Electoral Council records, has yet to file a financial report.