Republican Citywide Councilman Ken Hopkins says he has long thought about running for mayor of Cranston.
Initially, he had decided against making a bid this year. But while the path to his candidacy has taken some unexpected turns - and been marked by personal loss - he believes he has "passion" on his side as he vies with City Council President Michael Farina for the GOP nod.
"This was the opportunity. The door opened, so to speak ... My plan is to save Cranston and move it forward from what Allan Fung has done so successfully the last 10 years," he says.
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