McKee names Sabina Matos as lieutenant governor nominee

“She understands the challenges Rhode Island families and parents face, and she shares my commitment to supporting our municipalities and small businesses. Sabina is stepping into this role at a time of unprecedented challenges for our state, and she will be a critical partner in our fight against COVID-19, our effort to get shots in arms as quickly as possible, and our path to economic recovery from the pandemic.”

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee named Providence City Council President Sabina Matos as his nominee for the state’s next Lieutenant Governor on Wednesday.

McKee and Matos toured a vaccination clinic at the Johnston Recreational Center Wednesday afternoon. Matos previously stated getting as many Rhode Islanders vaccinates as possible was a priority for her.

Additionally, Matos said she plans to focus on helping small business after everything they have endured throughout the pandemic, and focusing on the affordable housing crisis across the state.

“My hope is and the conversation I’ve had with the governor is that we’re going to be working in partnership to make sure that we are coordinating and making sure that we can do the best work for the residents of Rhode Island.”

If confirmed by the Senate, Matos, a Democrat, will be Rhode Island’s first Afro-Latina Lieutenant Governor.

Matos was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States in 1994.

“I know Sabina will be a true partner in governing who is prepared to work closely with our administration starting on day one,” said Governor McKee.

“She understands the challenges Rhode Island families and parents face, and she shares my commitment to supporting our municipalities and small businesses. Sabina is stepping into this role at a time of unprecedented challenges for our state, and she will be a critical partner in our fight against COVID-19, our effort to get shots in arms as quickly as possible, and our path to economic recovery from the pandemic.”

“I am truly humbled and grateful to Governor McKee for the honor to be nominated as our state’s next Lieutenant Governor,” said Lt. Governor nominee Sabina Matos.

“I look forward to being the Governor’s partner and part of his team tackling the critical issues facing our state. Whether it be making sure we’re vaccinating as many Rhode Islanders as quickly as possible, getting people back to work and our small businesses open, addressing the affordable housing crisis in our state or breaking down the systemic barriers so that all Rhode Islanders have a chance at the American dream – we have much work to do and I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get started.”

Sabina Matos will have to be confirmed by the state Senate. If approved, Matos will serve until the end of McKee’s term in 2022.

Gov. McKee gave his shortlist of finalists for the position on March 18.

  • Maria Bucci
  • John Partridge
  • Senator Lou DiPalma
  • James Diossa
  • Elizabeth Beretta-Perik
  • Rep. Anastasia Williams
  • Councilwoman Sabina Matos
  • Rep. Grace Diaz
  • Joanne Giannini
  • Rep. Bob Phillips

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