by Winston Jones / Times-Georgian, 5-12-12A Carrollton businessman has announced hiscandidacy for Carroll County commission chairman,saying he wants to bring a
new level of energy
and unity to the board of commissioners.
, 48, is making his first run for apublic office. He said he plans to qualify for the July31 Republican primary during the May 23-25qualifying period.So far, he is the only announced challenger toincumbent Republican commission Chairman BillChappell. The winner of the Republican primary willface the Democratic primary winner in the Nov. 6general election.
I have no animosity on what
s gone on in thechairman
Smith said Friday.
ve done a good job with that position at thecurrent time. They have a six-member board inplace and I
d like to work with that board, more as aunified group to see what we can accomplish as awhole.
Smith said he feels there
s times the board doesn
twork together and he
d like to bring more unity tothe group.
Obviously, when you bring that many people to thetable, it
s about working with each other,
I know each commissioner has different opinionsand I
d like to make use of what they bring to thetable. I
m for unity and transparency among theboard and agreeing to work together and using a lotmore input as a whole.
Smith said he wants to be an ambassador for thecounty, to work with the chamber for economicdevelopment.
My nature is to work with people and I
ve alwayshad people skills I like to use,
I want tobring everyone together to work with outside groupsto see what we can do to make Carroll Countygrow.
Smith said he plans to take his campaign out in thecounty and meet people in the coming days.
t wait to get out to meet and greetbusinessmen and people who can help perfect thecounty,
he said.Smith grew up in Carroll County and graduated fromCarrollton High School in 1982. He attendedUniversity of West Georgia and graduated in 1987with a business administration degree inmanagement.After college, he managed a local auto parts storefor a year and spent three years working with hisbrother in a joint venture business in Gaston, S.C.While in South Carolina, he and his familycontracted with CSX Railroad and for three yearsmaintained gondola rail cars that serviced theeastern seaboard.He returned to Carrollton and joined the familygrading and development business, primarilyestablishing multiple residential subdivisions andsmall commercial developments. Smith also soldinsurance for Carroll County Farm Bureau and J.Smith Lanier Insurance Co. during the 1990s.Since 2007, he has maintained a developmentcompany and has specialized in negotiating leasesof small box retail centers. He is a member of theInternational Council of Shopping Centers,representing Culpepper Development Inc.He has maintained a level 1 B/A certified inspectorcard with the Georgia Soil and Water ConservationCommission for erosion control and has obtainedfour certified levels in wetlands mitigation throughthe Continuing Education Department at AuburnUniversity.Smith has been a member of the Rotary Club,served as team captain for the Hutchins FamilyRelay for Life cancer benefit and past board memberof March of Dimes. He has served on the educationcommittee of the Carroll County Chamber of