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Mike Smith has announced that he will run against Representative Lauren Carson for District 75. Smith ran as a Republican against Senate President M. Theresa Paiva Weed (District 13) in the 2014 election.

Representative Lauren Carson officially announced her campaign for re-election on Tuesday.

In his announcement, Smith said;

Michael ‘Mike’ Smith announced his candidacy today as an Independent for the Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 75, representing Newport.

“As a father of three, a Newport resident, and a Newport based small business owner, I have witnessed a continual erosion in our standard of living. Average, hardworking Rhode Islanders are seeing their paychecks stagnate, as they are struggling with the ever climbing cost-of-living.  They simply are not listening to the average Rhode Islander.  We ask for relief and they give us deals that benefit insiders and tolls.

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Scandals, cronyism, and backroom politics have become open and standard practice. Continual ethics and corruption revelations coming out of the House as a weekly occurrence.  We need elected officials who will fight for average citizens, not obey leaders who are out of touch with our concerns.

What is the devastating impact on Newport and Rhode Island in the last two years of leadership in the House? It is a long list that describes a bleak future for average Rhode Islanders.

47th Worst State for Small Business
48th Worst Run State
4th Highest Cost of Living in the Country
2nd Highest Debt
5th worst roads and bridges in America, despite having one of the Highest Road Repairs Budgets.
3,900 jobs lost in April and May alone in this year.
50th Worst State to Retire
Continued taxation of Medicare and military benefits.
Corruption scandals and a refusal to investigate 38th Studios
A “Truck “Toll Scheme that has more to do with special interest and Wall Street paybacks than fixing our crumbling infrastructure.

We are losing our kids to more economically diverse states. We are losing our bedrock elder citizens to other states that are easier to live in.

THIS INSANITY HAS TO STOP!

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What am I for?

A year round, diverse economy. We need to always encourage the growth of tourism, but Newporters cannot continue to just survive on 5 months of income. We need to repair the foundations of our economy to make it easier for companies to grow here.  We need urgency to invest in small business of all types to attract and keep year round jobs.
Lowering our crushing taxes, fees, and tolls and eliminating the burdens on hard working families, by exposing and cutting wasteful spending and costly borrowing.
Good Schools for good futures. This also includes school choice and providing opportunities for parents to decide whether public, private, or charter schools are best for their children.
Investigating and prosecuting ethics violations, and re-opening 38 Studios investigation.
I support term limits, and stopping the career politicians who have stopped working for the taxpayers, and instead favor special interest donors
There is so much work to be done to restore our great city and state to a place where we can watch are kids grow and be able to stay in a beautiful state.

We must move on from the past. We need new vision, creativity and a sense of urgency.

For our kids’ sake, let’s move Newport and Rhode Island forward.

No more words. We need action. We need it NOW!

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I ask for your vote and the opportunity to serve the city and state I love.

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Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.