NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's gubernatorial candidates are set to meet in a campaign forum focused on the state's hospitality industry and the role it can play as an economic driver.

The two-hour forum Wednesday afternoon will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center. It's sponsored by the Rhode Island Hospitality Association.

The leading Democratic candidates in the Sept. 9 primary are Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, state Treasurer Gina Raimondo and former Obama administration official Clay Pell. The Republicans are Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and businessman Ken Block.

Taveras, Raimondo and Pell have all said they want to boost the tourism industry as part of efforts to improve Rhode Island's troubled economy. Block and Fung have not released specific plans for that sector.

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