- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 24, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Republican Allan Fung is running for governor of Rhode Island.

The Cranston mayor officially announced his candidacy Tuesday evening. A video was posted earlier launching his campaign.

Fung ran for governor unsuccessfully in 2014, losing to now-Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, in a three-way race.

In his speech, he listed what he considers Raimondo’s failings, including the state’s troubled benefits system and a 2016 tourism campaign that brought international embarrassment over its “Cooler and Warmer” slogan and a promotional video that featured a scene from Iceland.

Fung says he will cut taxes and cut through the “red tape for businesses.”

He was first elected mayor of Cranston in 2008. He previously served as a city councilman.

House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan, a Republican, launched her own campaign for governor Monday.

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