Michael “Mike” Smith, plans to hold a press conference, along with supporters, regarding his decision on whether to run in the high profile special election for Senate District 13, representing Newport and Jamestown. District 13 is the seat recently vacated by now former Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed. The event will commence on April 18th, 12pm at King Park 143 Wellington Avenue in Newport, RI 02840. Michael Smith, and members of his staff will be available for press questions following his speech. There will be no official declaration prior to this period.
Smith, 49, is a Newport resident, married, and father of three, is also owner of Industry Electric, Inc, headquartered in Newport.
In 2014, Smith received 46% of the vote, in his first ever run in the closest election the then Senate President ever faced. Paiva Weed spent a thumping $134,000.00 in comparison to Smith’s $10,000.