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      Lt. Governor candidates say priority is putting RI back to work

      The three Democratic candidates for Rhode Island lieutenant governor have many issues they want to pursue.

      The official duties of the office are few so they can select their own focus.

      All of the candidates, Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, Cumberland Mayor Dan Mckee, and state Rep. Frank Ferri, said during a taping of "10 News Conference" that closing the skills gap and putting people back to work would be their first priorities.

      If elected, McKee said within 90 days he will speed up the process to make it easier to get licenses.

      Ferri said small businesses need to be part of the conversation.

      Mollis said filling the skills gap is important and creating a tax-free holiday should be considered.

      However, implementing the ideas is harder than dreaming them up. But voters will get to choose Sept. 9 which candidate will advance to the general election.