I believe Elizabeth Roberts is an unusually strong candidate for Lt. Governor in Rhode Island. She is both compassionate and strategic in her ability to address important issues, such as providing dental care for children and the elderly. Here are five more reasons to vote for Elizabeth, provided by her campaign:
1. Elizabeth is recognized as a leader on healthcare issues in our state. She has a record of lowering costs for small businesses and families. When Blue Cross put lavish CEO perks ahead of the 660,000 Rhode Islanders they were suppose to serve, Elizabeth said: enough. Elizabeth will continue her work to make sure every Rhode Islander has access to quality healthcare they can afford.
2. As a wife, mother, businesswoman, and state senator, Elizabeth has the diverse background we need in executives in Rhode Island. She has built consensus around tough issues like healthcare. She has managed budgets at the State House, her house and in her familyâ€™s small business. She is also a mom that volunteers in her daughtersâ€™ classrooms. We need government to reflect us and Elizabeth will bring that experience to the lieutenant governorâ€™s office.
3. Elizabeth believes in keeping Rhode Island competitive by creating fairness in our tax system. That is why she voted to cut taxes in nine of the ten years she has been in the senate. Property taxes are affecting our families and small businesses, so Elizabeth supported this yearâ€™s cap on property tax increases.
4. Growing up, Elizabeth was taught to do the right thing. Her time in the senate has been no different. Elizabeth is considered one of the most ethical senatorâ€™s in the State House and was awarded the second highest grade by Common Cause for her work to end corruption. In 2004, she was one of the first senators to call for the resignation of disgraced Sen. John Celona.
5. Creating good-paying jobs in Rhode Island will be a priority for Elizabeth as lieutenant governor. Having earned an MBA and directed a three-generation family business, Elizabeth has a deep understanding and appreciation for the backbone of Rhode Island’s economy: small businesses. We need to continue to create an environment that stimulates, not inhibits the vitality of small businesses.
I particularly appreciate #2: that Elizabeth is a “mom who volunteers in her daughters’ classrooms.” This is someone in government who actually seems to have her priorities straight.