For over 80 years, the 400-acre Smith and Johns family farm has contributed to the Hastings and St Johns County economy; producing perennial peanut hay, sod, Tilapia, organic vegetables and pasture-raised beef.
“I can envision our county’s businesses strengthened and thriving, and our county’s debt completely reconciled,” Smith said as he looks forward to being a strong conservative voice for county residents. “It is reasonable to elect leaders who believe in growing the private sector and reducing the footprint of government.”
Smith is a state director for the Florida Farm Bureau Federation, and acts in an advisory capacity with the American Farm Bureau Federation. He is a 5th generation farmer whose family began raising potatoes in Hastings in 1923, and he remains actively involved in the agricultural community.
Smith will challenge sitting commissioner Ron Sanchez; who is attempting to win a third, four-year term in office. As a member of the county’s Agriculture and 4-H advisory councils, serving as president of the Putnam-St. Johns County Farm Bureau, Smith believes his experience makes him best qualified to hold the contentious seat.
In addition to Smith and Sanchez, two other Republican entrants into the District 2 Primary Election include Corey “Duke” Mara, and Kim J. Kendall. The winner of that election, on August 26th, will face Democrat Ron Stafford in the General Election, November 4th.