Michelle Kwan, Clay Pell

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Now it's Michelle Kwan's husband who's looking to ice the competition come voting day.

Clay Pell, who's been married to the now-retired champion figure skater for a year, is running for governor of Rhode Island. He officially announced his candidacy on Monday, some months after first putting it out there that he was considering throwing his hat into the race.

The 32-year-old Democrat said in a video message that he will not be accepting campaign contributions from Political Action Committees or state lobbyists.

"As an officer in the Coast Guard, I led men and women in uniform. As director of strategic planning for President Obama's national security team, I worked to ensure that resources were redirected to areas of growth and opportunity," says the youthful-looking Pell.

Kwan's hubby is a bright one, too, graduating from Harvard and then getting his law degree from Georgetown. Pell also has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Foreign Language Education in the United States Department of Education and was a White House Fellow from 2011 to 2012.

"I believe I can help to restore hope and economic growth to our state," Pell says.

He met Kwan in 2011, they announced their engagement the following year and tied the knot on Jan. 19, 2013.

Michelle Kwan, Clay Pell, Wedding Twitter


"Happy annniversary @claypell—Love you! Best day of my life :)" Kwan tweeted last week, along with of her and her then-brand-new husband descending the steps of the First Unitarian Church of Providence, R.I., after tying the knot.

Is it too late for Providence to throw its hat in for the 2022 Winter Olympics?

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