Gina Raimondo, Governor of Rhode Island. She is the first woman to serve as governor of the state, where she was previously General Treasurer.
"My mom always said, ‘If you want something done, ask a busy woman.' Run for office with a clear sense of what you want to accomplish and then get it done."
"As a woman, I do bring a distinct set of life experiences to the race. I have two young children in the public school system so ensuring we have well-funded, flourishing public schools is important to me not just as a policymaker, but on a personal level. Rhode Island has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and far too many young people are leaving our state to find jobs. I want to make sure that my kids can find a good job here when they grow up."
"It matters to have women in leadership positions because we bring different perspectives and often focus on building consensus and solving problems. When I took office, I inherited a 900 claim backlog in the Crime Victims program because the program had been neglected. We eliminated the backlog and expanded the program to cover relocation expenses for domestic violence victims. And I am the only candidate drawing attention to the problem of human trafficking."
MSNBC, Photograph via Gina Raimondo