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Allan Fung
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Fung in 2022
Mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island
In office
January 5, 2009 – January 4, 2021
Preceded by Michael Napolitano
Succeeded by Kenneth Hopkins
Personal details
Born
Allan Wai-Ket Fung

(1970-02-25) February 25, 1970 (age 53)
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse
Barbara Fenton
(m. 2016)
Education Rhode Island College (BA)
Suffolk University (JD)
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 馮偉傑

Allan Wai-Ket Fung (born February 25, 1970) is an American attorney and politician who served as Mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island from 2009 to 2021. He was the Republican nominee for Governor of Rhode Island in the 2014 and 2018 elections as well as the Republican nominee for U.S. representative for RI's 2nd congressional district in 2022.

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

Early life and education

Allan W. Fung (Chinese: 馮偉傑), born on February 25, 1970, at Providence Lying-In Hospital (now known as Women & Infants Hospital), 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 restaurant on Cranston Street and Gansett Avenue in Cranston, Rhode Island.

Fung graduated from Classical High School in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1988, in the same class as future Providence mayor Angel Taveras.

Fung earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhode Island College in 1992 and a Juris Doctor from the Suffolk University Law School in 1995. He received the Classical High School Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009.

Career

Mayor Fung and Olivia Culpa, Miss USA 2012
Fung honors Cranston resident Olivia Culpo with a key to the City, after her coronation as Miss USA 2012.
Cranston mayor Allan Fung July 4 2016
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. 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 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. Fung was chairman of the Rhode Island Governor's Insurance Council from 2005 to 2008.

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. He succeeded Michael Napolitano, who defeated him for the position in the 2006 election by 79 votes. 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%. Fung is a council member for the Republican National Committee's Asian Pacific American Advisory Council.

Fung won re-election to a fourth term as Cranston mayor in November 2016, by a margin of 2 to 1.

Under Fung's leadership, Cranston became one of the Top 50 Cities to Live in America for three years in a row according to the website 24/7 Wall Street. Cranston, according to Alarms.com website, was also named one of the Top 100 Best Cities to Raise A Child in 2017.

Because of term limits established in 2012, Fung could not re-run for mayor in 2020 and instead endorsed Kenneth Hopkins, who went on to win the election against Democratic candidate Maria Bucci. On January 4, 2021, Fung planned to attend the inauguration of Hopkins and administer the oath, but instead tested positive for COVID-19 and immediately left Cranston's City Council chambers, the location where the ceremony was being held.

Gubernatorial campaigns

2014

Mayor Allan Fung visits Providence (cropped)
Fung in 2014

In November 2013, Fung announced his candidacy for Governor of Rhode Island in the 2014 election. He received several high-profile Republican endorsements during the campaign, including former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Almond, former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney and former Massachusetts Governor William Weld. On September 9, 2014, Fung defeated Ken Block in the Republican primary, with a 55% majority. Soon thereafter, the Republican Governors Association President also endorsed him. Democrat Gina Raimondo would go on to win the three-way contest by a 5-point margin.

2018

In October 2017, Fung announced he would again seek the governorship, but went on to lose to Democrat Gina Raimondo with 37.2% of the vote.

U.S. House campaign

In February 2022, Fung announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the United States House of Representatives in Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district after incumbent Democrat James Langevin announced his retirement. He won the nomination unopposed and then lost to Democrat Seth Magaziner in the general election.

Political positions

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

Fiscal policy

Fung identifies as fiscally conservative. Fung said he raised taxes during his first three years as mayor after "inheriting a fiscal mess". He did not raise taxes during his final three years as mayor. Running for governor, he pledged to cut the sales tax rate in Rhode Island. 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. During the 2018 gubernatorial campaign, Fung proposed reducing the sales tax to five percent, cutting fees, and introducing a concierge service for businesses. His proposed budget for Cranston in 2018 did not include a tax increase. Fung criticized giving health care subsidies to certain corporations, calling such a plan "corporate welfare". Also in 2018, Fung supported increasing city spending by $4.4 million; in 2017, he had supported a 2.2% tax increase.

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

Social policy

..... As governor, Fung said that he would consider Roe v. Wade to be the law of the land and would not change that. .....

As Mayor of Cranston, Fung said he is "for civil unions but not same-sex marriage". In 2020, Fung participated in and supported LGBT pride events in Cranston, saying "We are very excited, once again to be here, in celebration of Pride Month." In 2022, he said "I am a supporter of the LGBTQ+ community" and that he "could support gay marriage" with protections for religious institutions that disagree with same-sex marriage.

In 2018, the NRA Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) gave Fung a 92% score, and an "A" grade in 2022. He was endorsed by the NRA for governor. 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.

In 2017, Fung opposed President Donald Trump's travel ban. He supports DACA and asked Cranston's city council to approve a resolution supporting his stance in favor of DACA. He supported the Gang of Eight immigration bill which would have enhanced border security and given a pathway to legal status and citizenship for illegal immigrants. Fung opposes issuing drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants. He also opposes sanctuary cities.

Personal life

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

Electoral history

2014 Rhode Island gubernatorial Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Allan Fung 17,530 54.9
Republican Ken Block 14,399 45.1
Total votes 31,929 100.0
Rhode Island gubernatorial election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Gina Raimondo 131,899 40.70 +17.65
Republican Allan Fung 117,428 36.24 +2.6
Moderate Robert J. Healey 69,278 21.38 +14.91
Independent Kate Fletcher 3,483 1.07 N/A
Independent Leon Kayarian 1,228 0.38 N/A
Write-in 739 0.23 N/A
Turnout 324,055 100 N/A
Democrat hold
2018 Rhode Island gubernatorial Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Allan Fung 18,577 56.4
Republican Patricia Morgan 13,208 40.1
Republican Giovanni Feroce 1,147 3.5
Total votes 32,932 100.0
Rhode Island gubernatorial election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Gina Raimondo (incumbent) 198,122 52.6 +11.94
Republican Allan Fung 139,932 37.1 +0.94
Independent Joe Trillo 16,532 4.3 N/A
Moderate Bill Gilbert 10,155 2.7 -18.6
Independent Luis Daniel Muñoz 6,223 1.6 N/A
Compassion Anne Armstrong 4,191 1.1 N/A
Write-in 1,246 0.3 +0.10%
Total votes 376,401 100.0 N/A
Democrat hold
2022 Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Seth Magaziner 101,432 50.4
Republican Allan Fung 93,969 46.7
Moderate William Gilbert 5,489 2.7
Write-in 199 0.1
Total votes 201,089 100.0
Democrat hold
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