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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The leading Democratic candidates for Rhode Island governor are set to square off in their first televised debate.

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, Treasurer Gina Raimondo and former Obama administration official Clay Pell will take the stage for a live hour-long debate Tuesday evening at the Providence Performing Arts Center.

All three candidates say they would focus as governor on the state's long-struggling economy. Taveras has cited his efforts to improve Providence's shaky finances. Raimondo says she helped "save" the state's underfunded public pension system through a 2011 overhaul. Pell, who has never held elected office, says he wants to restore faith in state government.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a Democrat, is not seeking re-election.

The Republican candidates — businessman Ken Block and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung — will debate next week.

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