Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has been named to the Republican National Committee’s Asian Pacific American Advisory Council, his gubernatorial campaign announced Wednesday.
In a statement, Fung praised RNC Chairman Reince Priebus “for his leadership and commitment to bringing Asian Pacific Americans into the political process.”
“For far too long, Republicans have ignored blue states and the urban core to the point where minorities felt less welcome within the party,” the mayor said. “I am gratified to see an emphasis being made on urban areas.”
The creation of the advisory council was one of the recommendations made in a Growth and Opportunity Report commissioned by Priebus after the 2012 elections. According to Fung’s announcement, the council is “comprised of Asian Pacific American community leaders, elected officials, and grassroots activists from all around our nation,” and is “designed to give our communities a bigger voice in the direction of our Party.”
Fung said the GOP is “focused on three key areas” – transitioning to a “50 state strategy,” making investments in a “lasting infrastructure” and “making a commitment to engage minority communities.”
“True grassroots engagement takes time and energy. This is exactly what I have been doing in Cranston for over a decade,” the mayor said.
“As a RNC APA Council member, I look forward to being a resource to further our engagement efforts, promote and communicate Republican principles, and help Republicans win.”
Fung is running against Ken Block for the Republican nomination for governor.
A full release on the GOP’s advisory council appointments can be found here.