FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 file photo, Rhode Island gubernatorial candidates, former state Rep. Joseph Trillo, who is running as an independent, left, Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo, center, and Republican Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, right, participate in a debate in Bristol, R.I. Inspired by how the GI Bill helped her father become the first in his family to go to college, Raimondo unveiled a plan in 2017 to offer free tuition at the state’s three public colleges. The Legislature, despite being dominated by Raimondo’s fellow Democrats, was reluctant to support it, citing the cost. The governor ended up with a pilot program at just one of the colleges. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Amid high hopes, reality looms for female governors who win

October 29, 2018 - 8:57 am

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The record number of women running for governor this year has created high expectations for sweeping changes in state policies, but that might not necessarily happen.

If they win, the women will face the same challenges as all governors. That includes dealing with natural disasters, state legislatures with different agendas and unpredictable crises.

Women who have served as governor say the job is to represent all the people in the state, not just issues important to women.

This year, 60 women ran for governor in the primaries, with 16 advancing to the November election. All but four of those are Democrats.