Meet Gina Raimondo, (D) Candidate for Rhode Island Governor
by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis
Democrat Gina Raimondo wants a promotion to Governor, after serving one term as State Treasurer.
"I'm very worried. I am worried for my own children's future. I am worried for all the people and the families that are struggling, that don't have jobs. We have the highest unemployment rate in the country. It's time for some leadership. A leader who has the courage to take on the tough issues," said Gina Raimondo, (D) Candidate for Rhode Island Governor.
Raimondo says those tough issues include pension reform - which brought her praise is some quarters - but protests from public employee unions.
Part of her plan to turn the state’s economy around now, is a massive public works plan.
"We talk about this 9 percent unemployment rate. In the building trades, you know plumbers, pipefitters, electricians, steelworkers, it's more like 20 percent or more. These guys are struggling. So, we also have some of the worst roads and bridges in the country."
ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "Here is some more profile information on Gina Raimondo. She graduated from Harvard and then YaleLawSchool.
She later co–founded the investment firm, Point Judith Capital.".
As for social issues, Raimondo says we should take a "wait and see” approach, before legalizing and taxing marijuana as other states have, but:
"I do think we should decriminalize it. I think that people that go to jail, it often can ruin their life. You make a mistake when you are 20; you're incarcerated; it shouldn't determine the rest of your life," Raimondo said.
On another social issue, Raimondo does favor banning assault style weapons and other gun control measures, after Sandy Hook.
"And I'm worried. And no mother should have to worry about the safety of their children do to gun violence when they are in school. No teacher should have to worry," she said.
Overall Raimondo believes she is the most qualified of the candidates to lead Rhode Island at this difficult economic time.
"I inherited a pension crisis, we fixed it; I inherited a program – a crime victim's compensation program – it was totally broken when I took office, we fixed it. You know, I worked with the General Assembly to put an infrastructure plan in place, we got that done," said Raimondo.