- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Democrat Todd Giroux has formally launched his long-shot bid to become Rhode Island governor.

The Bristol resident kicked off his campaign Tuesday at the Rhode Island Statehouse. Giroux is a contractor who ran for governor as an independent in 2010.

Giroux says the state’s economy is his number one focus, and according to his campaign website he supports reducing the sales tax and creating a new loan program to assist small businesses.

Giroux faces three prominent Democrats already in the race: state Treasurer Gina Raimondo, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Clay Pell, a former White House staffer and the grandson of former Sen. Claiborne Pell.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and businessman Ken Block are running as Republicans.

Democratic Gov. Lincoln Chafee is not seeking a second term.

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