It’s official, McKee lists accomplishments in campaign announcement
By Alex Malm
Ever since Governor Dan McKee stepped into the governor’s office after former Governor Gina Raimondo resigned to serve as U.S. Secretary of Commerce, the question has been when would he officially announce his candidacy for a full term? of four years.
On Tuesday at igus, a manufacturing company in East Providence, he did just that.
“Over the past year, we have shown strong leadership in times of crisis, and going forward, my message to Rhode Island is simple: I am running for re-election to create jobs, increase wages, grow our economy, and put money back in your pockets. As we continue to steer our state through a crisis that only happens once in a century, our only goal is to provide an economic bounce back for working people.” McKee said, “Rhode Islanders don’t ask for much. They want the security of a good job, with a good salary. They want to know that their schools are up to the job of their children. They want to live in a secure housing. They want their government to have its finances in order, just like them. That’s exactly why I’m launching my campaign for re-election: to enable us to move forward with strong leadership, good jobs for hard workers, support for our small businesses and a growing economy – for everyone.
In a press release, the McKee campaign touted numerous examples of when McKee “showed leadership when Rhode Island needed it most.”
These examples include:
#1 in administered vaccines:
With more than 2 million doses administered statewide, Rhode Island is tied with Vermont for most vaccinations per capita, with 95% of Rhode Islanders receiving at least one shot and 80% being fully vaccinated.
Creation of new jobs:
Rhode Island has recouped 86,600 jobs lost during the pandemic, many of them in the hardest hit sectors like retail, entertainment and hospitality (nearly 40,000 jobs). Unemployment fell to 4.8% in December 2021, from a pandemic peak of 17% in 2020 – one of the steepest declines in the country.
Support small businesses:
Small businesses are the backbone of Rhode Island’s economy, and the McKee administration has supported — and continues to support — small business owners across the state. Last year, a new grant program provided nearly $18 million in assistance to more than 3,700 businesses statewide, and more assistance is on the way.
Rhode Island is currently ranked number one in the Northeast — and number nine among 50 states — on Moody’s Back to Normal Index, which gauges states’ economic recovery. According to Thumbtack’s Small Business Usability Survey, Rhode Island was ranked #2 out of 50 states for its response to COVID-19.
Raising the minimum wage:
Good jobs with good wages are central to Rhode Island’s economic prosperity today and tomorrow. That’s why Governor McKee signed a bill that will raise the minimum wage over the next three years to $15 an hour.
Advancing Pay Equity:
Every Rhode Islander deserves to be paid fairly for their work, no matter what they look like, who they pray to, or what they identify with. Working with state legislators, Governor McKee signed legislation banning pay discrimination.
Investing in families and children:
Governor McKee signed RI Rebounds, a one-time $119 million investment to support small businesses and sectors hardest hit by the pandemic; promote affordable housing and housing stability; and support child care.
The McKee campaign announced that McKee had secured endorsements from East Providence Mayor Bob DaSilva; Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos; North Providence Mayor Charlie Lombardi; Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien; Lincoln City Administrator Phil Gould; Bristol City Administrator Steven Contente and Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena.
“At this unique time in our history, we must unite – and work together – for the future of our state. Rhode Island families want a leader who will stay focused on the issues – a strong recovery so they can get back to work, better schools for their children to learn, and great communities where they can raise their families,” Polisena said. . “Hard-working families in all 39 cities and towns of Rhode Island know that Governor McKee is in their corner, fighting for them, and he deserves re-election to lead our recovery in the years to come.”
Since McKee completes less than half of Raimondo’s term, he is eligible to serve up to two full terms as governor.
Besides McKee, the Democratic field currently includes Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, former CVS executive Helena Foulkes, former Secretary of State Matt Brown and Dr. Luis Daniel Muñoz.
Treasurer General Seth Magaziner had previously announced his candidacy for governor, but he dropped out shortly after Congressman Jim Langevin announced he would not be seeking reelection. Magaziner is one of many contenders for the 2nd Congressional District race.