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McKee Announces Candidacy for Lieutenant Governor

Providence, RI – Surrounded by family, friends and supporters, Mayor Daniel J. McKee of Cumberland formally launched his campaign to become Rhode Island’s next Lieutenant Governor at the Neutaconkanut Recreation Center today.

“I’m honored to announce my candidacy for Lieutenant Governor at the Neutaconkanut Recreation Center, a place where I coached many young people and gained a firsthand understanding of the need to improve public education in Rhode Island,” said McKee.

Many of McKee’s former basketball players attended the announcement including Eric Abney, who spoke at the event about the life lessons he gleaned while playing for McKee. Mayor Joseph Polisena of Johnston, Mayor Charles Lombardi of North Providence and Mayor James Diossa of Central Falls were also in attendance along with other elected officials.

“As Rhode Island’s next Lieutenant Governor, I will continue to be an advocate for Rhode Island’s cities and towns. Working together with mayors and town administrators, both Democrat and Republican, we have been able to find efficiencies and support policies that have helped to protect our taxpayers. As a mayor, I understand firsthand the detrimental affects state cuts to cities and towns have had on our residents,” said McKee. “And as Lieutenant Governor, I’ll help to create good paying jobs for Rhode Island families today, and to build a stronger economy so our communities thrive for years to come.” 

In his speech, McKee talked about his accomplishments as Mayor of Cumberland. “Since I first took the oath of office, our public schools are stronger, our streets have been recognized as some of the safest in Rhode Island and our town has recovered from a five-point bond downgrade and enjoys its highest bond rating in history.”

I will stand with anyone who stands right on the important issues that we face in our great state.  And I will have the courage to part with anyone whose interest puts the people of Rhode Island on the wrong path. As Lieutenant Governor, I will stand with the municipal leaders and their residents as I have as a mayor. I will not be silent when budget cuts and policies are proposed that will compromise the fiscal health of our cities and towns. I will stand with students, parents, teachers, administrators and state leaders who are ready to transform our public schools,” added McKee.

 - About Dan McKee -
Mayor Dan McKee of Cumberland is running for Lieutenant Governor to help build better public schools, safer streets, solvent communities and more economic opportunity for all Rhode Island families.

As a private citizen, businessman and elected official, Dan has spent his adult life fighting for positive change in Rhode Island. He has owned and operated successful small businesses in the Blackstone Valley for the past 30 years. For over twenty-five years, Dan has been a member of the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Cumberland-Lincoln, serving as past president of the executive board and chairman of the endowment committee. 

During his time on the Cumberland Town Council, Dan developed his skills as a basketball coach, coaching diverse groups of boys and girls at all levels, culminating in two State AAU Basketball Champions in 1998 and 2000. 
Dan is currently serving in his sixth term as Cumberland’s Mayor. His record is one of strong fiscal management, visionary education initiatives, thoughtful economic development and protection of Cumberland’s open spaces.
Educated at Cumberland High School, Assumption College and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Dan and his wife Susan have two children, Matt and Kara.

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