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Mayor Allan Fung declares for Rhode Island Governor

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by ABC6 News Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis

Cheered on by supporters, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung announced his run for governor.

Perhaps the loudest applause came when Fung promised 20 thousand new jobs for Rhode Island

Later he was asked if he was over-promising?

"Look it's time to set these benchmarks high. People of Rhode Island are hurting. We still have high unemployment throughout the state. We need to have someone that is aggressive and go after all business," said Mayor Allan Fung, (R) Candidate for Governor.

While Fung has been Mayor of Cranston five years, a lot of people outside the city don't know him well.

So, can he do well in the far corners of the state?

"Mayor Fung is really the only candidate who is from a successful city. He's built a great, great city that has prosperity in it," said State Rep. Mike Chippendale, (R) Foster-Glocester.

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "To become Governor, Allan Fung will first have to beat back the challenge of fellow Republican Ken Block, who used to run as a Moderate Party member."

A big challenge for Fung - and all of the candidates -  Will be trying to prove they can deal effectively with the often head–strong General Assembly.

Rhode Island College Political Communication Professor Kay Israel said, "Set the agenda, and more importantly, someone that we think can handle that position and can work with the legislature."

To that end, Fung promised to freeze tuition for the next four years at the state's public colleges.

"Education has been a stepping stone for a better life, for many generations. It was for myself and my two sisters," Fung said.

Allan Fung would be Rhode Island's first Asian–American governor.


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