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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Rep. David Cicilline has announced he'll seek a third term.

The Democratic congressman said his top priority is to help create jobs in Rhode Island. The state unemployment rate in May was 8.2 percent, significantly higher than the 6.3 percent national rate.

Cicilline was first elected to Congress in 2010 after winning an open seat following the retirement of then-Rep. Patrick Kennedy. He faces a challenge in the Democratic Party from former Army Capt. Matt Fecteau.

In April, former Marine and political newcomer Cormick Lynch launched his campaign for the Republican nomination to challenge Cicilline. He has criticized Democrats in the state's congressional delegation and President Barack Obama for Rhode Island's high unemployment rate.

Lynch faces opposition for the GOP nomination from Stan Tran, a Brown University medical student.