During my time in the Governor’s Office I worked on education initiatives including P- Tech, the Rhode Island Promise, and Prepare RI. My current work is with the state’s third grade reading goal. As Senator, Early Childhood Education and Stem (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Education will be two fundamentals of my education policy. With over a decade in the classroom, I’ve gained a special insight into the education needs of our state’s children, and I recognize the impact that Early Childhood Education and Stem Education can have as students move through K-12 and beyond.
Sea level rise is one of the great challenges of our time. Here in the Ocean State, we are especially sensitive to a changing climate and the impact that it has on our commerce and our health. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that the changing temperature of the oceans can be a major impact on fishing economy. As residents of Newport and Jamestown, we know that changes to the sea level as the global temperature warms year after year could have a potentially devastating impact to our industry, as well as affect the natural beauty we all love. This issue hits especially close to home when we consider the increase in frequency of flooding in the Point in Newport, part of a National Historic Landmark District. With the projections for sea level rise only set to increase, all of the citizens in District have a vested interest in working to combat and mitigate climate change. I will work with state and regional leaders to make sure that our District is at the front of this effort.
We must continue to care for our senior citizens. Through investments in transportation, our senior centers, and senior services, I will continue to support our senior community in much the way Senator Paiva- Weed acted tirelessly to give them a voice at the State House.
One of the many things I admire about Senator Paiva Weed was her commitment to the transformation of the City’s North End, now known as the Knowledge District. I share that commitment, which for her as for me, is borne out of a desire to create new jobs for our residents, breathe new life into an under-utilized area of the City, and to give Newport a winning platform for economic prosperity. The potent combination of the City and State working collaboratively to create this District will yield dividends particularly for our younger residents who seek employment opportunities in the city in which they live. I look forward to being an integral part of this dynamic collaboration as your state senator.