Mayor's Race is Over in Cranston

Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung is running unopposed, virtually guaranteeing he'll remain in charge of the state's third-largest city for the next four years.

The deadline came and went.

And Cranston Democratic City Committee Chairman Michael Sepe didn't get up from his chair in the Board of Canvassers office in City Hall. He didn't pull a rabbit out of his hat. Nobody walked in the door.

And so ends the 2012 mayoral race in Cranston.

Not one person filed a declaration of candidacy for mayor with the canvassers today, leaving Fung, who was reelected to the mayoral post in a landslide in 2010, unopposed in the upcoming election.

"We looked at the budget. We looked at his popularity. We looked at the money and we decided we wouldn't run against him," Sepe said. 

Fung has a war chest of more than $130,000, presented a budget with no tax increases this year and has popular support from the masses.

At one point this spring, Sepe mulled running himself. But he had a change of heart when he took a closer look. He said he looked for another candidate but knew by last week that it wasn't going to happen.

Since the filing period began on Monday, many curious political watchers in Cranston have been keeping an eye out for an Independent or outsider to throw their hat into the ring. But by 4 p.m. Wednesday, there was no other name on the list other than Fung's.

Fung kicked off his campaign last week at Cadence Science on Plainfield Pike.

"I am eager to gather with the people who have supported me in my efforts over these past several years and excited to share my plans for the upcoming election season," Fung said in a release.

Fung is in his second term as mayor. This upcoming election is notable since the winner of the mayoral race will serve a four year term instead of a two year term. Voters approved increasing the length of the mayor's term last election.

Note, the headline of this story is technically incorrect. Someone could wage a write-in campaign, though the chances are slim.

Sean P Gately June 27, 2012 at 09:02 PM
The right man in the right place at the right time. Looking forward to the next 4 years.
Domenic Fusco June 27, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Congrats Mayor, keep up the good work!
Steven r June 27, 2012 at 11:51 PM
While I am going to vote for Fung, isn't it too early to say it is over?
Steven r June 27, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Don't forget to vote against the School committee council as they ran up a big bill with that silly prayer banner and still lost. Here is a link of current members http://www.cranstonri.com/contact.php?department=38
Bob June 28, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Funny how he has been part of every tax increase as City Council person or as Mayor over the last 10 years... of course except this year....get ready to assume the position for the next three years folks....can you say tax increase after tax increase....remember he get 4 years now....actually that's 4 more tax increases....nice how voters love getting kicked in the teeth...
Boston June 28, 2012 at 02:32 AM
so how else would you solve a reduction of $27 million state funds from the state of RI and some if mid year when budgets were long set... if you look at all the facts he has started to negotiate better contracts (by the way they do not happen overnight, it is a process....) and the city is in good shape... he could have not raised taxes and then we would be like Woonsocket, East Providence, Central Falls...... good job Mayor!
Foxeyroxie15 June 28, 2012 at 02:57 AM
I think you need a review of Cranston's political history. We've had mayors that operate like the State - tax and spend. Not seeing any unnecessary spending, not seeing cuts in services and yes, we're seeing cuts in employees. Lived here long? I'll compare my 50 to your 10. I think the better thing to do is watch the Council, the S.C. and the State - that's where the problems really lie.
Bob June 28, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Try 55 years Roxie......Fung is not the worst....he is just a little to stealth for me....and his participation in all tax increases in the last 10 years is fact not fiction....you look it up...Laffey DID NOT operate like the state......I was hoping Fung would have carried on more like Laffey...instead he retreated like a frightened turtle.....
Bob June 28, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Just wait and see.....We are not in as good of shape as you think. UNFUNDED PENSION ...remember that phrase.....and next year and the three after that I will put money on tax increases by Mayor Fung...bank on it !!!!!
Mike Glass June 28, 2012 at 01:32 PM
good Luck
Mike Glass June 28, 2012 at 01:36 PM
He will only be here for 2 years because he will run for a state office in 2 years. So, all you people out there who think he is a great Mayor, think again because he will pulla Steve Laffey and while he is elected to manage Cranston, he will be out campaigning and with his popularity, may very well get elected which means the next Council President will become Mayor. So, more special elections for Cranston.
Boston June 28, 2012 at 01:39 PM
And unfunded pension is Fung's fault?? I think a lot of that goes back several mayors. Fung's has tried to keep funding going but it is growing much to large for any one to manage without changes. You really think it would be different if someone else was mayor?
Jennifer June 28, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I am so glad to hear it! I think Mayor Fung is doing a tremendous job and feel proud to have him as our mayor.
Bob June 28, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Get your head out of the sand will you please....
Steven r June 28, 2012 at 09:46 PM
What do you mean by sand, I do not understand.
Ross Glengarry July 27, 2012 at 04:03 AM
The Cranston Democratic City Committee needs new leadership. Michael Sepe is incompetent.... Fung is anti-union and will not rest until he breaks the unions in Cranston. I guess Sepe forgets that PoliceOfficers and FireFighters will be the next target of Fung (layoffs, cutting pension benefits etc.) Wake up and decide if your're a Democrat who supports the unions or another wannabe politico who couldn't be elected as a garbage collector. Maybe Sepe can get a job with Raimondo... I'm sure she has an opening in the mail room. Let's get some real leadership on the Cranston Democratic City Committee and promote Public Education, Teachers, PoliceOfficers and Firefighters.
Cranston Resident July 27, 2012 at 12:31 PM
In your effort to "promote Public Education, Teachers, PoliceOfficers and Firefighters" you are forgetting the largest voting block in the City. One that the union leaders are beginning to lose confidence with. The Taxpayers and Homeowners in our city need political leaders who wil "promote" their interests also. Leaders who will work to develop truly sustainable services in government.


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