Cranston mayoral race heats up

Matt has the details on one, and possibly another, challenge to Cranston Mayor Michael T. Napolitano:

On Tuesday, May 13th at 5:30pm, Republican Allan Fung will once again throw his hat in the ring for Mayor of Cranston.  The event will take place at the Auburn Post 20, 7 Legion Way in Cranston.  Fung is a former Councilman under the Laffey regime and current attorney for MetLife Auto & Home.

Term-limited Democratic City Council vice-chair Paula McFarland is also eyeing the Mayor's seat in 2010 after a possible School Committee stint before that:

McFarland, who is hosting a fundraiser next week, said she hopes to reshape a school district budget she characterized as often maligned as confusing and bloated.
“I really feel strongly that someone needs to take the bull by the horns,” said McFarland, a Democrat.
But if she wins a seat on the school board, McFarland said, she may not be there for long. An occasionally sharp critic of Mayor Michael T. Napolitano, she said she is already considering a run for the city’s top office in 2010. In an interview yesterday, she said she doesn’t believe in “the philosophy” espoused by the mayor, also a Democrat. McFarland suggested the mayor was not being “honest and straightforward” when he proposed an election-year budget that avoids a tax increase but dips into the city’s reserves to the tune of $2.7 million.
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