Commission candidate Smith: ‘A more intelligent choice’
Former Fayette County Commission Chairman Jack Smith announced he was giving the voters a more intelligent choice as Commissioner for Post 2 which is being vacated by retiring Commissioner Herb Frady.
Jack cited his love of the county which has afforded him so many opportunities over the last 30 years, his desire to maintain the Fayette County way of life he has come to love and enjoy, and a fear of the lack of financial experience and skilled leadership shown by the other candidates as part of his driving factors to seeking public office again.
Jack and his wife, Lael, have been residents of Fayette County since 1982 where they raised two sons who both attended and graduated from McIntosh. Jack believes other long-term residents of the county will agree there is no finer place to raise a family and all want to be sure that same atmosphere is still present as our children begin to raise their own sons and daughters hopefully in the same Fayette County atmosphere.
Smith previously served as chairman of the County Commission during the tumultuous years 2007-2010 as the local and national economies were beginning their rapid decline. Smith said those four years were not only some of the most challenging and rewarding, but they required all of the skills he had honed over his career including organization, personnel, management, finance, mediation and negotiation to properly oversee a budget of seventy million and an employed staff of over 700.
Jack continued stating the voters would ultimately determine who would serve them, but he hoped his education, being a Certified Public Accountant, his many years in governmental accounting and auditing, as well as his four years as chairman of the Fayette County Commission, would give voters a clear choice of experience he believes is necessary to ensure Fayette County has the best possible leadership to weather the economic decline being faced by all of us.
During Smith’s years as Chairman, the County budget was reduced $7 million and the county accumulated $10 million in surplus (spending that much less than the already reduced budget).
Smith believes he and the other serving commissioners represented the original Tea Party mantra of less government and less government spending by actually making the hard choices and doing so in a way that resulted in the maintaining of high levels of service with no tax increases. They didn’t just aspire to that goal, they actually accomplished it on behalf of Fayette County citizens.
Under Smith’s leadership as commission chairman, accomplishments included the start of the long-delayed Lake McIntosh, rebuilding trust and cooperation among city and county leaders, moving Fayette County into a regional leadership position, fostering public private projects such as the Fayette Mental Health Center, and presiding over a massive overhaul of internal operations and infrastructures to deliver services to Fayette citizens more effectively and efficiently.
Jack has a history of community volunteerism, having served as president of both the Optimist and Rotary clubs, as well as the Chamber of Commerce, and has held other leadership and advisor positions to numerous other charitable and religious organizations including Boy Scouts, the Joseph Sams School, a long term-stint as treasurer of his church and chairman of the church administrative council for successive terms.
In fact, Jack’s dedication to his community was honored by the Georgia Society of CPAs as the recipient of its annual Public Service Award for 2009, by the Civic League for Regional Atlanta as its recipient of the award for Regional Excellence for 2011 and by the Fayette Chamber of Commerce as the Outstanding Business Person of the Year for 2011. These are just a sampling of the awards he has won over the course of his career in service to others.
Jack firmly believes because of his compassion for Fayette County, his dedication to public service, and his experience and qualifications, he is the smarter choice for the voters and welcomes the opportunity to discuss all of the issues in this upcoming election cycle.
For more information or to help with his campaign contact Jack via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidate for Post 2, Fayette County Commission
Peachtree City, Ga.