Democrat Regunberg is exploring run against McKee for lieutenant governor

Democrat Regunberg is exploring run against McKee for lieutenant governor

Record-Journal

PROVIDENCE (AP) — State Rep. Aaron Regunberg, D-Providence, said Thursday he is exploring a run for lieutenant governor, which could set up a primary challenge to current Lt. Gov. Dan McKee. Regunberg confirmed that supporters were planning to host a “conversation” with him at a home in Pawtucket on Sept. 27. Regunberg said he has not made any decisions yet, “But I believe the lieutenant governor’s office could be an exciting platform to fight for everyday Rhode Islanders whose voices are too often not heard at the Statehouse.”

Regunberg, 27, a Brown University graduate, was elected in 2014 and re-elected last year. He led the push for legislation, approved on Tuesday, that extends paid sick time to all workers in companies with at least 18 employees. McKee has worked on issues surrounding small business and energy costs since being elected in 2014. He plans to run again next year, spokesman Mike Trainor said Thursday. “We would be surprised that someone within the party would take on an incumbent Democrat who won with 58 percent of the vote four years ago,” Trainor said.


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