Meet Seth Magaziner
Seth is running for Governor to build a stronger economy that will benefit all Rhode Islanders by moving past the old-style politics that have held our state back. As Governor, Seth will improve public schools, make college more affordable, expand vocational training and apprenticeship programs for those who are not going to college, and create good jobs by transitioning Rhode Island to a clean energy economy.
As General Treasurer, Seth has prioritized education and job creation. As Chair of the state’s school building task force, Seth launched a once in a generation plan to fix Rhode Island school buildings to ensure that all students will have the safe, modern school facilities necessary to prepare them for 21st century jobs.
Under Seth’s leadership, the statewide school construction initiative has already allocated over $1.7 billion to repair or replace over 189 schools – in every corner of our state. These projects are putting over 28,000 people to work building and fixing school buildings so that all Rhode Island kids can go to schools that are safe, dry, warm, and equipped for 21st century learning. This includes dramatically expanding facilities for early childhood education, science labs to deliver cutting-edge education to Rhode Island’s students, and career vocational education so that students who aren’t going to traditional colleges are set up for success.
Seth also knows that clean energy jobs are one of the greatest opportunities for building a stronger economy for Rhode Island. That’s why as Treasurer, he’s expanded the state’s investments in clean energy and climate-resilient infrastructure – converting street lights to LEDs, putting solar panels on the roofs of small businesses and municipal buildings, and helping cities and towns save money while putting people to work and reducing our carbon footprint. As Governor, he will partner with President Biden to make even more investments in Rhode Island’s clean energy economy and deliver on the promise of making Rhode Island a leader in offshore wind.
And Seth has shown that he is not afraid to take on tough fights when it’s the right thing to do, like taking on the gun lobby by ending the state’s investments in assault weapons manufacturers.
As Governor, Seth’s goal is to restore the American Dream for all Rhode Island families, a Dream he knows well from his own family. Seth’s grandfathers were both sons of immigrants, grew up poor, and fought in World War II. Neither graduated from college, but when they returned from war, they found good, middle-class jobs – his Grandpa Bob as a union steelworker in Worcester and his Grandpa Louis as a bookkeeper at a fruit canning company in New York. With those jobs, they started families, sent their kids to college, and bought homes. Seth’s parents, their kids, both graduated from college and started a business together in Rhode Island. In turn, they built a life for Seth and his siblings of which his grandparents never could have imagined.
This was the American Dream that was so common a generation ago – the promise that with hard work and perseverance, each generation can leave a better life for their kids than they had for themselves. That American Dream of economic mobility has broken down for many families and never fully existed for many others – particularly communities of color.
Seth is running for Governor because he believes we can restore that American Dream for all families in our state by improving public schools, making higher education more affordable, embracing the transition to a clean energy economy, expanding housing and controlling the cost of living, and ensuring that there are good jobs in the state for everyone who is willing to work.
Seth grew up in Bristol, Rhode Island, and lives in Providence with his wife, Julia, and his son, Max.