Gina Raimondo: Rhode Island Pension Overhaul Backer Wins Governor Nod

William Selway

Rhode Island Treasurer Gina Raimondo, who helped push through changes to the struggling employee retirement system, won the Democratic nomination to run for governor of the nation’s smallest state in November.

The 43-year-old former venture capitalist captured 42 percent of the vote in yesterday’s primary election, according to the state Board of Elections. Providence Mayor Angel Taveras received 29 percent, and Clay Pell, the grandson of a late U.S. senator, trailed with 27 percent.

“Rhode Island showed that it’s ready for a governor who’s going to turn this economy around,” Raimondo told supporters last night. “I’ve shown that I’ll be a governor with the courage to tackle our toughest problems.”

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