Michael “Mike” Smith, plans to hold a press conference on Tuesday, April 18th where he is expected to throw his hat in the ring to run in the high profile special election for Senate District 13, representing Newport and Jamestown. District 13 is the seat recently vacated by former Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed.

The event will commence at 12pm, at King Park, 143 Wellington Avenue in Newport, RI. 

Smith, 49, of Newport, is a married father of three and owner of Industry Electric, Inc, headquartered in Newport, RI.

In 2014, Smith received 46% of the vote in his challenge to Senator Paiva-Weed. In that race, Senator Paiva-Weed spent $134,000.00 in comparison to Smith’s $10,000. 

The Primary Election will be held on July 18th and the General Election on August 22, 2017.