The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America (RIPDA) announced Thursday their endorsement of Clay Pell in the Rhode Island Democratic gubernatorial primary.
“It was abundantly clear to the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats that Clay Pell is the progressive choice for governor in the Democratic primary. From his strong commitment to public education and educators, his opposition cutting a property tax relief program for low-income Rhode Islanders in order to raise the estate tax exemption for the wealthiest in our state, and his call to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 immediately, Clay is the candidate who has consistently stood on the side of working Rhode Islanders and embodied our progressive values,” said Sam Bell, State Coordinator of the Progressive Democrats.
“We were also impressed by his comprehensive plan to revive our struggling economy through investment – with his Infrastructure Replacement and Rehabilitation program, his commitment to Health Source RI, and his belief that state government can be a force for good in the lives of Rhode Islanders,” added Bell.
"I am honored to have earned the endorsement of the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats. To me, being a Democrat means two things – opportunity and justice. The Rhode Island Progressive Democrats are a strong voice for a progressive vision for our state that embodies those twin aspirations,” said Pell. “I am committed to being a champion for a more equitable future for Rhode Island, and to ensuring working families in our state have access to a world-class education and an economy built to last.”