Responding to the “stunning” upsets that occurred during yesterday’s primary election that resulted in three entrenched and powerful members of the House and two from the Senate being removed from office, Mike Smith, Independent candidate for House District 75 released the following statement:

“Yesterday was a very good day for Rhode Island taxpayers all across the state. It was also a very bad day for the political insiders who think they can ignore the wishes, desires and even pleas of their constituents for real change.” Stated Smith

“Rhode Islanders sent a powerful message to all political insiders that their wishes for change have now become a demand for change. For months and even years we have been asking our elected officials to not force tolls upon us; to reveal the perpetrators behind the 38 Studios scandal and to do the hard work necessary to reform our economic and educational systems so that Rhode Island no longer remains one of the worst states in the nation in both areas.