Democrat Gina Raimondo won the Rhode Island election on Tuesday, Nov. 5, making her the first Democrat to win a gubernatorial race in the state in 22 years and the first women in Rhode Island to be elected to office.
Raimondo emerged from a three-way primary with Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Clay Pell. According to the Associated Press, Raimondo led competitor Republican Allan Fung 40 percent to 37 percent.
The treasurer of the ocean state previously confronted Rhode Island’s $7 billion unfunded pension liability, as well as a variety of important issues. As governor, Raimondo plans to resolve issues for jobs and the economy, infrastructure, education, equality and opportunity, government working, safety and security and the environment.
Raimondo’s plans include:
- Continuing to grow a healthy, prosperous middle class by pairing CCRI with local businesses to develop curriculum and training programs, developing a coordinated state-wide marketing and advertising campaign to expose Rhode Island to the country, and improve the state’s tourism infrastructure with new signage on highways and new visitor centers
- Re-design schools for success in the 21st century and consistently improve student performance, create funds, partnerships and programs to help students receive a college education
- Create income and social inequality by raising the minimum wage, developing more affordable housing, protecting citizens from foreclosure and honoring and supporting Rhode Island’s veteran population
- Fix the way Rhode Island’s state bureaucracy works with citizens, assuring top-quality customer service by reviewing government regulations, establishing single sourcing for permits and creating an Office of Economic Empowerment
- Encompass the idea that “we are all each other’s neighbors,” improving the state’s domestic violence response procedures, tackling human trafficking and enacting sensible gun control measures
- Create a Rhode Island Green Bank and Clean Energy Finance Authority to adapt to an environment transformed by climate change
Raimondo posted to her blog Wednesday morning, “We did it. The people of Rhode Island elected me the next governor of our state and I’m ready to get to work.Â So many of you had a hand in this victory, and I want you to know: your help mattered. This would not have been possible without you. If you knocked on a door, made a phone call, donated any amount of money, talked to friends and family or contributed to this campaign in any way, I can’t thank you enough.”