While stopping short of announcing a re-election campaign, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung is trumpeting his record, as the city's longtime Democratic Chairman, Michael Sepe, plans to formally launch his mayoral run on November 1 at 39 West Restaurant.
"I am extremely proud of my accomplishments as mayor of Cranston," Fung said in a statement to RIPR. "We brought millions of dollars of economic development to Cranston, particularly in Chapel View and Garden City, as well as growth in manufacturing at TACO, Yushin America and Cadence Inc."
Sepe's mayoral run was first reported by RIPR in July, as Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, a Republican, faced the fallout from a highly critical state police probe of the Cranston Police Department. Sepe said he believed the city needed new leadership.
At the time, Sepe said he planned to officially launch his run in October. The start of the campaign is now slated for 10 am to noon on November 1.
Fung has been largely mum about whether he'll seek re-election. But his statement strongly suggests he's ready to take on Sepe and/or other challengers in November 2016.
"Under my watch we have been efficient, innovative and fiscally conservative, which resulted in three consecutive years without a property tax increase," Fung said. "I love being mayor, I love working on behalf of the residents of Cranston and I stand behind my record."
Sepe has been Cranston's Democratic City chairman since 1997. He lost a mayoral run to Michael Traficante in 1994.
It remains open to question whether other candidates will emerge. A far sharper fight for mayor is likely in 2020, when terms limits would prevent Fung (if he wins re-election next year) from seeking another four-year term.
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