Puerto Rico guv. announces re-election bid

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Posted: Jun 26, 2011 3:24 PM
Puerto Rico guv. announces re-election bid

Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuno says he is running for re-election next year.

The pro-statehood Republican made the announcement Sunday before thousands of delegates of his New Progressive Party. Fortuno is serving his first four-year term as leader of the U.S. Caribbean territory.

Fortuno told backers his administration has spurred economic growth across the island and vowed to build 100 schools if he is reelected in 2012.

Fortuno has cut thousands of public jobs to narrow a sprawling budget deficit as Puerto Rico tries to emerge from an economic crisis. Its 16.2 percent unemployment rate is higher than any U.S. state.

He was previously Puerto Rico's nonvoting delegate in the U.S. Congress.