Speaker Mattiello to face challenge from Fenton-Fung


Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung and Allan Fung talk with a voter on election day, 2018. File photo by Steve Klamkin WPRO News

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) – Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung, a Republican activist and wife of a two-time GOP candidate for governor of Rhode Island, has filed paperwork to challenge to Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

Fenton-Fung filed the paperwork with the Board of Elections on Monday.

She said the move allows her to start fundraising and put a team in place to end what she calls the Mattiello horror show.

She’s married to Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, a two-time Republican nominee for governor.

Mattiello says he’s running on his record. Mattiello has faced criticism recently for ordering a performance audit of the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority.