Lieutenant Governor run 2018
Rhode Island, in 2017, became the eighth state to pass paid sick leave. Aaron Regunberg, 28, a Brown University graduate who represents Providence’s District 4 in the state House, was the driving force behind the bill. The bad news? The General Assembly applied the law only to organizations with 18 or more employees and mandated only 24 hours of paid leave. Even worse, it banned local governments from passing their own, more generous paid leave policies by attaching a “preemption” provision. That’s a tactic typically used by red state legislatures to squash local progressive initiatives—but in Rhode Island, Democrats hold 33 of the 38 seats in the House and 64 of 75 seats in the Senate. Regunberg promises to be “the people’s lobbyist” and use the lieutenant governor’s office “to bring folks together and build coalitions to get more ambitious progressive policy changes.”
Regunberg has been a strong advocate for renewable energy during his two terms in the General Assembly, which earned him the support of both labor and environmentalists. Soon after he announced his candidacy, five unions endorsed his campaign, also citing his work on paid sick leave, raising the minimum wage and criminal justice reform. His opponent, incumbent Dan McKee, a centrist Democrat, has angered teachers unions by supporting charter school expansion, but won the backing of Walmart heir Alice Walton, a big charter school booster.
Providence Democratic Socialists of America, November 4, 2017;
We just wrapped up an ⚡️electrifying⚡️ working group session at the George Wiley Center, where we had a great turnout and an incredibly productive conversation about our plan to take on National Grid and achieve utilities justice for the people of Rhode Island. Interested in getting involved but couldn't make it today? Sign up here:
— with Matt Henry, Michael Gsovski, Jennifer Siciliano, Alison Fisher, Camilo Viveiros, Paul Rakotoarisoa, Chloe Chassaing, Alex Loehrer, Bruce Borowsky, Cathy Huang, Joanne McDade Borodemos, Sean Monahan, Colin Morgan, Daniel Denvir, Aaron Regunberg, Thea Riofrancos, Jennifer Pearce, Anna Brennan and Benjamin Branchaud.
Sarah Ganong September 12 2018:·
Aaron Regunberg RI LTGV was endorsed by Justice Democrats for 2018.