Pell, husband of Michelle Kwan, to run for RI gov

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Associated Press

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 28 at 6:03 PM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Clay Pell is entering the race for Rhode Island governor — and bringing along his family legacy and the star power of his wife, Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan.

The grandson of late U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell announced his bid with a campaign video released Monday night ahead of a kick-off rally planned for Tuesday.

The 32-year-old Democrat served in the U.S. Coast Guard and worked on the White House National Security staff and at the U.S. Education of Department.

Pell says he offers a fresh approach and says he would work to bring the state together to address its economic challenges.

He faces Providence Mayor Angel Taveras (tuh-VEHR'-us) and Treasurer Gina Raimondo (ray-MAHN'-doh) in the Democratic primary. Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and businessman Ken Block are running as Republicans.

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