PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Clay Pell has launched his bid for governor with an introduction from his wife, Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan, and a pledge to rebuild Rhode Island's economy and restore faith in government.
The 32-year-old grandson of the late U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell held a rally Tuesday at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
Pell told the audience that he'd take on "insider politics and cronyism" at the Statehouse and proposed a $10 million small business loan and grant program.
Pell is a former White House national security staffer and Coast Guard officer.
He faces Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo in September's Democratic Primary. Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and businessman Ken Block are running as Republicans. Democratic Gov. Lincoln Chafee is not seeking another term.
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