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Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea announces run for RI Governor

“I have a track record of meeting challenges head-on, of thinking beyond the status quo and building consensus on tough policy decisions,” Gorbea said. “As Governor, I will continue to make our government more accountable to the people, to challenge special interests and the status quo and connect people to opportunities that will help them thrive.”
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Published on May 24, 2021

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Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea today announced her plans to run for Governor of Rhode Island in 2022. In her video announcement, Gorbea promised to make government work for all Rhode Islanders and create a Rhode Island where everyone thrives – together. Gorbea, a Democrat, is the first Latina in New England to run in a gubernatorial race, making her candidacy historic for the state and region.

“I have a track record of meeting challenges head-on, of thinking beyond the status quo and building consensus on tough policy decisions,” Gorbea said. “As Governor, I will continue to make our government more accountable to the people, to challenge special interests and the status quo and connect people to opportunities that will help them thrive.”

In videos announcing her campaign, everyday Rhode Islanders touted Gorbea’s vast experience, her integrity, record of accomplishment and her genuine commitment to Rhode Island.

Notably, Gorbea has modernized Rhode Island’s elections infrastructure, increased cybersecurity measures and brought both online and automated voter registration to the state. She has developed online resources and reduced red tape to make it easier for small businesses to start and grow. Additionally, she overhauled the  lobbying laws to hold special interests accountable when they don’t follow the law, ensure better compliance so the public can see who is influencing their government and enhance transparency.

Since first being elected to office in 2014, Gorbea has transformed the Rhode Island Department of State from a filing cabinet to a nationally recognized hub of information that works for people. As Governor, Gorbea will continue to transform and modernize state government, to capitalize on Rhode Island’s many strengths, and put the state at the forefront of education, affordable housing, and climate resilience.

“It has long been my mission to fundamentally change the way that government works for the people. I have done this in my role as Secretary of State and I look forward to doing this for Rhode Islanders as their Governor. I know a strong Rhode Island economy is dependent on having high quality education for all, housing that is affordable, and an infrastructure that is climate resilient,” said Secretary Gorbea. “We absolutely can tackle these issues with a diversity of voices, perspectives and opinions around the table. I am the proven leader to do just that.”

Before entering public service, Gorbea founded the Rhode Island Latino Civic Fund and served on numerous other community boards. Prior to running for office, she was the Executive Director of HousingWorks RI and worked to improve the state’s economy through the development of affordable housing.

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