Pell, the grandson of the late U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell, said he’s running to take on “insider politics and cronyism” at the Statehouse and said he’d support investments in education, workforce development and such infrastructure as ports, roads and bridges to reduce the state’s 9.1 percent unemployment rate.
“Rhode Islanders feel that government is no longer investing in them,” he told an audience of more than 100 gathered at the Rhode Island Convention Center for his first campaign rally. “It’s time to invest in our people and in Rhode Island’s future again.”
The political newcomer 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 "
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