Michael Smith, is one of three candidates running to be Chillicothe's Third Ward Councilman.
A 2007 Chillicothe High School graduate, Smith said he wants to do more to serve his community and he feels he can have a lasting impact as the Third Ward City Councilman.
“I chose to run for Third Ward Councilman in order to be a voice for our city employees and also the Third Ward Constituents. They shouldn't ever feel as if their voice or their concerns are going unheard,” he said. “I also want to serve my community by being a part of helping Chillicothe continue to grow and prosper.”
Smith stressed that community service was important to him and being in a position to have a hand in making positive change to his community was a priority.
“I am passionate about this city and where I live, and I have always aspired to be involved with this great community ever since moving here. This decision was a made amongst myself, my wife, members of the community, as well as talks with city employees to make sure I provide the best service to everyone in the Third Ward as well as the city employees,” he said. “I take the time to always serve my community and give back to the community by volunteering my time. The decision to file for this position was another way of me continuing to do what I have always done and that is give to our community.”.
If elected, Smith said he hopes to address the issues residents of the Third Ward have brought to him before and during his campaign.
“I want to make sure that anyone who has a concern or idea about anything in the Third Ward has their voices heard and addressed in whatever manner it needs,” he said.
He also hopes to address issues facing city employees.
“I would like to see our city employees provided more of a pay increase in order to retain them. If we want to have great employees, we have to give them a reason to stay or else they will use the city as a stepping stone to their next job, which will potentially pay them more,” he said. “When that happens, the city is out all the money they had invested in that employee for training, while we are left starting from square one with another new employee.”
Smith is used to being in the public eye. He is currently the defensive line coach for the Hornets football team.
Smith and his wife, Kelly, have been married for almost seven years. They have two children, Gabriel, 4, and Lexi, 2.
Smith is a 2018 graduate of the Leadership Chillicothe class and is also a member of the Chillicothe Elks Lodge #656.
“I volunteer my time each year to the Chillicothe Alumni golf tournament, and have volunteered my time to Chillicothe Main Street to help pick up trash in the downtown area, as well as many other events,” he said, “I love the City of Chillicothe and would appreciate your vote for me on April 2.”
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