The Cranston Republican City Committee has endorsed Cranston Mayor Allan Fung for governor.
“Thank you to the Cranston Republican City Committee who just endorsed my candidacy for governor!” the mayor said via social media following a Tuesday night gathering at which he and fellow GOP hopeful Kenneth Block addressed the committee.
The two candidates met with the committee at the Oaklawn Grange, each providing remarks before taking questions.
Fung, a former prosecutor and Cranston City Council member who is now in his third term as mayor, focused primarily on his record, particularly in terms of bringing Cranston’s fiscal house back in order and promoting economic growth on the local level.
He cited the city’s budget surplus for the most recent fiscal year and his administration’s work with business owners and said he would bring the same approach to the state level as governor. He also referenced his work with others in the community to revitalize the Republican Party on the city level.
Responding to an inquiry about the ongoing investigation into alleged retaliatory ticketing on the part of Cranston Police, Fung said he takes the matter seriously but is restricted in what he can say.
Block, a businessman and former Moderate Party founder and candidate for governor, said his plan is to focus exclusively on three areas vital to the state’s future: economic growth, government reform and education. He discussed his plans to target waste, fraud and inefficiency as a means of realizing savings. He also responded to inquiries about his political past, move to the Republican Party and pledge to essentially take social issues off the table if elected.
The statewide primary vote is set for Sept. 9.