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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is sure to remind everyone where he comes from as he campaigns to become Rhode Island's next governor.

The first-term Democrat has made his personal story a central component of his bid to lead the state with the country's worst unemployment rate.

The son of Dominican immigrants, the 43-year-old was raised on the capital city's south side by a divorced mom who worked factory jobs to support him and two siblings. He constantly invokes his path from "HeadStart to Harvard" and says the state needs a governor who understands what it's like to struggle.

His leading rivals in the Sept. 9 primary are Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Clay Pell, grandson of the late U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell.