Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo is set to hold fundraisers for her re-election campaign Wednesday in Hancock Park and Studio City.
The first fundraiser will be a noon lunch at the Hancock Park home of Cynthia Telles, the director of the Spanish Speaking Psychosocial Clinic at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is set to attend as a “special guest,” according to an invitation obtained by City News Service.
“I’m proud to have known her since our days as students and I’m proud to support her re-election campaign,” Garcetti tweeted on May 30, a day after Raimondo confirmed she was running for a second term.
The second fundraiser will be from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Studio City home of Elizabeth Hirsh Naftali.
Tickets for both fundraisers are $1,000, the maximum individual contribution allowed under Rhode Island law, $500 and $250,
Both Telles and Hirsh Naftali hosted fundraisers for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Raimondo, a Democrat, was elected in 2014 after being Rhode Island’s general treasurer for four years. Raimondo, 47, was born in Rhode Island, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, and was a Rhodes Scholar, receiving a master’s degree and doctorate in sociology from Oxford’s New College. She also graduated from Yale Law School.
Raimondo was a senior vice president for the venture capital firm Village Ventures and co-founded the venture capital firm Point Judith Capital. Before her first run for office, Raimondo was involved in dozens of successful start-up companies across Rhode Island, according to biographical information supplied by her office.
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