Rob Goldman is running as a Democrat against incumbent Grace Diaz in District 11. He’s running on a platform of universal healthcare and a $15 minimum wage with a call for increased education spending.
Goldman, founder and president of Living History, which is a hands-on history learning program for high school students, has been a homeowner in Elmwood since 2001.
Goldman is running a campaign called “11 for 11”, 11 things the state must do for District 11.
- Rhode Island must raise the minimum wage to $15.
- Rhode Island must implement single-payer universal health insurance for all residents.
- Rhode Island must increase spending for adult education by 200 percent (Yes, 200 percent).
- Rhode Island must re-instate the Historic Home Tax Credit for individual home owners.
- Rhode Island must make Brown University, other colleges, and LifeSpan pay property taxes of 100 percent valuation and also pay the full amount of state corporate income taxes.
- Rhode Island must eliminate tax breaks for the wealthy. The state income tax rate for the rich (over $400,000 per year) must be 25 percent.
- Rhode Island cities and towns must have the right to require residency for all newly hired police officers, teachers, firefighters, and other municipal workers.
- Rhode Island must legalize marijuana use and sales.
- There must be a state-wide Public Library Repair Bond act on the 2018 ballot.
- Rhode Island must ban the sale and ownership of automatic weapons and ammunition.
- Rhode Island government must take its money out of the big banks such as Citizens, Bank of America, Wells-Fargo and place it with local institutions.
Previously, Goldman was the development director for West Bay Community Action in Warwick and the Genesis Center in Providence. Rob has a BA in Political Science from Tufts University (1974) and a MS in Human Services from the University of Massachusetts (1988).