9 things to know about R.I. Sen.-elect Sandra Cano’s politics, policies | Video, audio

The newly elected senator from Pawtucket sits down with The Journal to go over her stances on many issues, from education and rebuilding Rhode Island’s crumbling schools to keeping the Pawtucket Red Sox in the city.

Pawtucket Democrat Sandra Cano last week was overwhelmingly voted into the state Senate in a special election. An at-large city councilwoman, Cano, 34, is the assistant vice president of business and community development at Navigant Credit Union. Born and raised in Medellin, Colombia, Cano immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 16. She joins the General Assembly with a robust agenda for her District 8 and Rhode Island as a whole.

Meeting with The Providence Journal on Sunday, Cano talked about some of her priorities:

1. Schooling

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“Education is the key to success. I have proven that myself. Throughout my career it has been education that has been the component of my life that has helped me develop and bring a different perspective to the table.” Cano attended the Community College of Rhode Island, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Bryant University and a master’s from the University of Rhode Island. A Spanish-speaker only until 16, she learned English in Rhode Island schools.

2. Rebuilding Rhode Island’s crumbling schools

“An environment for the children to learn, for them to be able to feel comfortable, is extremely important. We have to do more, which is why I am extremely supportive of the $250 million for schools to continue to be fixed.” The senator-elect supports Gov. Gina Raimondo’s proposed $250-million bond to accomplish the first…

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