CRANSTON, RI (Sept. 10, 2013) — Cranston Mayor Allan Fung announced today the formation of an exploratory committee for a potential run for Governor (see attached committee).
Mayor Fung stated that it has become abundantly clear that the citizens of Rhode Island are looking for a leader based upon his travels around the state.
Fung stated, “They are looking for someone who has both the private and public sector experience necessary to get Rhode Islanders back to work and get this state back on track.”
Fung continued, “I have assembled a diverse group of individuals to explore whether or not my experience and skillset can help lead Rhode Island into better times. Having been born and raised in Rhode Island, I am heartbroken to see so many Rhode Islanders hurting. People are telling me they are worried about paying their mortgage, putting food on the table, and having enough money to fill their tank for the next job interview. This is unacceptable.”
“For far too long, we have been branded as the worst place to start or run a business, one of the top three states in unemployment, one of the worst states in the country in total tax burden, the second worst state in population growth, and one of the worst states for retirees. We need to change direction and we need to do it fast” exclaimed Fung.
“I believe we need a strong leader who can not only get our great state back on track, but also put a heavy emphasis on providing the best education we can to our children from K-16. The next generation has to be our highest priority, because without them, our state will fail. Unfortunately, we are seeing our children leave our state in droves for lack of opportunity. We must focus on education, not only to close the skills gap that we hear so much about, but to provide our children with a better opportunity.
“At the end of the day, we need a leader who will shout from the top of his lungs that ‘Rhode Island is open for business.’ I will make it my priority to make Rhode Island competitive not only in New England and the Northeast, but the country as a whole. We have to modernize our regulatory process to let business leaders know that we want their business. We need to market our assets of air, water, and rail to retain our current businesses and attract new ones” added Fung.
“I will use the next couple of months to evaluate whether I can bring the same successes we have had in Cranston to Rhode Island.”