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Allan Wai-Ket Fung (born February 25, 1970) is an American attorney and politician who has been mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island since 2009. He was the Republican nominee for Governor of Rhode Island in the 2014 election and 2018 election.

Allan Fung
馮偉傑
Allan Fung.jpg
Mayor of Cranston
Assumed office
January 5, 2009
Preceded byMichael Napolitano
Personal details
BornAllan Wai-Ket Fung
(1970-02-25) February 25, 1970 (age 48)
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Barbara Ann Fenton
EducationRhode Island College (BA)
Suffolk University (JD)

Elected mayor in 2008, Fung became the first mayor of Chinese ancestry in Rhode Island. Fung was previously a state prosecutor and attorney on legislative and regulatory affairs before serving on the Cranston City Council as a citywide councilman.

He lost the gubernatorial race in Rhode Island during 2014 to Gina Raimondo by five points and again to Governor Raimondo in 2018 by a fifteen point margin.

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Early and personal lifeEdit

Allan W. Fung (Cantonese: 馮偉傑), born on February 25, 1970 at Providence Lying-In Hospital (now known as Women & Infants Hospital), Fung is the eldest of Kwong Wen and Tan Ping's three children. Crown colony Chinese immigrants from British Hong Kong, his family settled in Rhode Island in 1969, and ran a small business on Cranston Street and Gansett Avenue, Cranston, RI.[1]

Fung graduated from Classical High School in Providence, RI in 1988. He earned a B.A. from Rhode Island College in 1992. He received a Juris Doctor (J.D.) law degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1995. He received the Classical High School Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009.[2]

Fung met Barbara Ann Fenton, a physical therapist, at the 2012 Republican National Convention.[3] They married in summer 2016.[3] Fung converted to Catholicism before the wedding.[3]

Political careerEdit

 
Fung honors Cranston resident Olivia Culpo with a key to the City, after her coronation as Miss USA 2012.
 
Fung marched in the 2016 Bristol Fourth of July Parade with his wife Barbara Ann Fenton.

Prior to his municipal leadership career, from 1999 to 2001, Fung served as a prosecutor, acting as Special Assistant, for the Rhode Island Attorney General.[4] Fung served from 2001 to 2009 as the government relations counsel for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company MetLife. In 2003, he was elected to the Cranston, RI City Council. In 2004, Fung was honored as a Rhode Island Bar Foundation Fellow. He was also a Providence Business News 40 Under Forty honoree.[5] Fung was chairman of the Rhode Island Governor’s Insurance Council from 2005 to 2008.[6]

A Republican, he was elected mayor in November 2008, beating Democrat Cynthia M. Fogarty by 63% to 37%. He is the first Chinese American elected as mayor in the state.[7][8] He succeeded Michael Napolitano, who defeated him for the position in the 2006 election by 79 votes.[9][10] Fung was re-elected in 2010 against Richard R. Tomlins by 76% to 24% and in 2012 against only write-in opponents by 97% to 3%.[11] Fung is a council member for the Republican National Committee's Asian Pacific American Advisory Council.[12][13][14]

Fung won re-election to a fourth term as Cranston mayor in November 2016, by a landslide ratio of 2 to 1.[15]

Under Fung's leadership, Cranston became one of the Top 50 Cities to Live in America for three years in a row.[16] Cranston was also named one of the Top 100 Best Cities to Raise A Child in 2017.[17]

Gubernatorial campaignsEdit

2014Edit

 
Fung in 2014

In November 2013, Fung announced his candidacy for Governor of Rhode Island in the 2014 election.[18][19][20] He received several high-profile Republican endorsements during the campaign, including former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Almond,[21] former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney[22] and former Massachusetts Governor William Weld.[23] On September 9, 2014, Fung defeated Ken Block in the Republican primary, with a 55% majority.[24][25][26][27] Soon thereafter, the Republican Governors Association President also endorsed him.[28][29] Democrat Gina Raimondo would go on to win the three-way contest by a 4-point margin.[30]

2018Edit

In October 2017, Fung announced he would again seek the governorship.[31] He ultimately lost to Gina Raimondo by a fifteen point margin.

Political positionsEdit

Allan Fung describes himself as a "'Rhode Island Republican' -- moderate, but fiscally conservative".[32][33] An Eyewitness News political analyst described Fung as "a more moderate Republican".[34] Fung says that he's a pragmatist and described himself as a centrist who promotes bipartisanship.[35]

Fiscal policyEdit

Fung identifies as fiscally conservative, but defended his decision to raise taxes as the mayor of Cranston.[32] Running for Governor, he pledged to cut the sales tax rate in Rhode Island.[36] During a primary debate, he said he supported making Rhode Island a "Right-to-work" state and noted that he switched some city employees from a public pension to private plans.[37] During the 2018 gubernatorial campaign, Fung proposed reducing the sales tax to five percent, cutting fees, and introducing a concierge service for businesses.[38] His proposed budget for Cranston in 2018 did not include a tax increase.[39] Fung criticized giving health care subsidies to certain corporations calling such a plan "corporate welfare".[40] Also in 2018, Fung did support increasing city spending by $4.4 million; in 2017 he had supported a 2.2% tax increase.[41]

For funding education, Fung supports charter schools and wants to increase funding for technical education.[42]

Social policyEdit

Fung described himself as pro-choice on the issue of abortion, but says he is not extreme and supports "common sense restrictions, such as his opposition to late-term abortion".[43] He was endorsed by Rhode Island Right to Life, a pro-life group opposed to legal abortion, because they supported the restrictions proposed by Fung.[44] As Governor, Fung said that he would consider Roe v Wade to be the law of the land and would not change that.[45] Fung later said he no longer identified as pro-choice but said he supports a "woman's right to make medical decisions" within some limitations.[46][47] In 2018, Fung had this to say about abortion: "I have always respected a woman’s right to make a medical decision, but with common sense limitations that many of us can agree upon, including a ban on the disgusting practice of late term abortions, having the option of a plan on the healthcare exchange that does not include abortion coverage, and parental notification for minors".[48][49] Fung did not take a position on Rhode Island's Reproductive Health Care Act which would define access to abortion as a right in the state; Fung said he would "politely decline to comment".[50]

On gay and lesbian rights, Fung has a mixed position. As the Cranston mayor, Fung said "he's for civil unions but not same sex marriage".[51]

In 2014, the National Rifle Association (NRA) gave Fung a 93% score based on his agreement with their positions.[52] He was endorsed by the NRA for Governor.[53] In 2018, he opposed Rhode Island's "red flag" gun control executive order signed by the Governor because it did not require input from mental health professionals.[54] The NRA was one of his top donors in 2014.[55]

In 2017, Fung opposed President Donald Trump's travel ban.[56] He supports DACA and asked Cranston's city council to approve a resolution supporting his stance in favor of DACA.[57] He supported Marco Rubio's proposal for comprehensive immigration reform.[58] The Gang of Eight bill would have enhanced border security and given a pathway to legal status and citizenship for undocumented immigrants.[59] Fung opposes issuing drivers' licenses to undocumented immigrants.[37] He also opposes sanctuary cities.[60]

ReferencesEdit

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Preceded by
John Robitaille
Republican nominee for Governor of Rhode Island
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