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The following Letter To The Editor was submitted by David Alves of Newport. Have an opinion you’d like to share in Letter To The Editor? Email it to Ryan@whatsupnewp.com.

I am proud to support Governor Gina Raimondo for re-election. I had the pleasure of working for Governor Raimondo for several years after a decade of working as a teacher in Rhode Island I was able to learn so much from her. Besides her excellent work ethic and wealth of knowledge, Gina truly cares about people.

While the Governor’s very hard work around infrastructure, economic development, and workforce training have been exemplary, her focus on education has been pivotal in the revitalization of our state. For example, Governor Raimondo approved three school districts to host the state’s new Pathways in Technology Early College High School program (P-TECH). Newport has been very fortunate to have such a great partnership between it’s school system and industry, ensuring good paying jobs for students right out of high school. Beyond this, the Governor has made Computer Science available to students in every public schools, a very important initiative which best prepares students for the jobs of tomorrow.

Finally, I had the pleasure of visiting Pell Elementary School in Newport when the Governor announced that she was ending the school construction moratorium in 2015 in order to invest in the buildings where our young learners spend so many hours of the day. She is so committed to learning environments, that she has made this year’s school construction bond a top priority. When the Governor makes a promise, she keeps it!

I am certain that many of us who care deeply about the future of Rhode Island will look back at this Governor’s tenure as a win for Rhode Island students. Here’s to four more years!

David Allard
Sherman Street, Newport

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