Ex-State Sen. Virgil Smith, a Freed Convict, Wants Detroit Council Seat
April 19th, 2017, 2:30 PM
Ex-state Sen. Virgil Smith's resume is a mixed bag.
He served in the state Senate, the state House and in a less prestigious institution: prison.
Smith, 37, resigned from the state Senate last April and spent 10 months in prison after firing a shotgun at his ex-wife’s car.
Now, he's pulled petitions for a Detroit City Council seat. He turned them in Tuesday for review, the Detroit Department of Elections confirms Wednesday, according to Jonathan Oosting and Christine Ferretti of The Detroit News.
If the petitions are approved, Smith would run against Council President Pro Tem George Cushingberry, a former state lawmaker. Cushingberry has also had legal problems. His law license was suspended for taking a client’s money without providing services.
That race could potentially be very interesting, depending on how tough the candidates want to be on one another during the campaign.
Smith was in the House from 2003-08 and in the state Senate from 2011-16. His father is former Michigan State Sen. Virgil Smith.