Michelle Kwan’s husband Clay Pell running for governor of Rhode Island

The Rhode Island governor's race officially got a new candidate with a famous wife and a famous grandfather.

We're talking about Democrat Clay Pell, who made his campaign official on Monday, months after announcing that he would explore a bid. Pell is the husband of Olympic figure skating star Michelle Kwan and the grandson of late Sen. Claiborne Pell (D-R.I.).

Pell, 32, said in a video announcing his campaign that his status as a political outsider makes him an appealing candidate.

"As an officer in the Coast Guard, I led men and women in uniform. As director of strategic planning for President Obama's national security team, I worked to ensure that resources were redirected to areas of growth and opportunity," said Pell.

Pell said he won't accept campaign contributions from PACs or state lobbyists.

The Democrat will join a competitive primary field already populated by two rising stars in Rhode Island politics: Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.

The Democratic nominee will be favored to win the seat being vacated by retiring Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D).

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.



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