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Republican Catherine Taylor Announces for Lt. Governor

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The race for Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island will be contested this year, as Republican Catherine Taylor kicked off her campaign Monday. While the job has few official duties, she would like it to focus on health care, emergency management and small business development.

"I think that there is work there, that a capable and creative and hard working lieutenant governor could do, especially working with the governor," Catherine Taylor said.  

With Rhode island's economy sagging, some business leaders liked what they heard.

"The solutions for our state, are not small incremental changes, but that we need bold and strong leadership," said Saul Kaplan of the Business Innovation Factory in Providence.

Taylor will face the winner of the Democratic primary, featuring Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, Cumberland Mayor Dan McKee, and State Representative Frank Ferri.

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "While she is a Republican, Catherine Taylor has spent the last three–and–a–half years working for independent–turned–Democratic Governor Lincoln Chafee."

Taylor was Chafee’s Secretary of Elderly Affairs, and says she is known for bi–partisan cooperation.

"And I have a good track record of governing and not being political;' of working with anyone, if we can identify a common problem, and be creative about turning the problem around," Taylor said.

In a show of party unity Republican candidates for Governor Allan Fung and Ken Block were there to support Taylor’s candidacy.

Taylor is not a newcomer to Rhode Island politics. In 2010, she barely lost to Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, by just one-percent of the vote.
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