McKee joins opponents for first governor forum
WARWICK, R.I.– Six gubernatorial candidates battled it out for the first time in-person Wednesday, as the race for governor in Rhode Island begins.
Governor Dan McKee, alongside Nellie Gorbea, Helena Foulkes, Matt Brown, Luis Daniel Munoz, and Ashley Kalus, took to the stage at the Crown Plaza in Warwick.
The candidates were critical of McKee and his time in office, specifically commenting on his work in the housing crisis.
“It is a policy decision,” said Matt Brown. “It is a policy of the people in power that some of our people are on the street, and we all need to own that and figure our what we’re going to do about that.”
McKee responded with his plans for the future.
He explained, “I’ve made a promise and a commitment, if the budget is passed this year, that we will build shelters. It’s not the best housing, but certainly needed for the coldest day of the year.”
The candidates also discussed plans for the over $1 billion dollars in ARPA funds. That federal money will go towards education, healthcare, and increased housing.
McKee continued, “We are not going back to 2019… We have an opportunity in this state to come to a different spot, a better spot. Let’s take advantage of the momentum we have created in the last 14 months.”
The governor originally chose not to take part in the forum hosted by RIPEC.
He announced Monday that he would in fact attend.
He concluded, “Based on the fact that our staff committed and I wanted to make sure that I kept that and saw that promise.”