Smith persuaded to run for county council
Friday, July 04, 2014 10:00 PM
Mark Smith is no stranger to public service even though he has not run for office until now. He is an Independent candidate for County Council District 3, the seat currently held by his neighbor, John Frey. Frey, a Republican, was defeated in the May Primary election by Gayle Lough.
He has served on the board and was president of several national livestock organizations, past president of Montgomery County Farm Bureau, served on MUFFY as the Agriculture Drive coordinator, has worked in economic development and currently serves on an Ivy Tech advisory committee, representing agriculture. He has also helped with several political campaigns for other people.
Smith said he considered running as a Republican in the May Primary but because Frey was the incumbent, he didn't decide to run until after the primary.
"I was encouraged by several respected people in the county, both Democrats and Republicans, so I gave it some thought and decided to throw my hat in the ring," Smith said. "One of the most important things is funding for our county roads and bridges. I think that's something everyone in the county uses. That's one concern of mine. And, I think the people in District 3 need a choice come election time."
He also believes in fiscal responsibility, he said.
Smith is a lifelong resident of Montgomery County, "and I want to make it the best place to live and work in West Central Indiana," he stated in an e-mail. "I have always kept informed of issues that conbcern the residents of Montgomery County and I have always strived to be active in the community where I live. Being on the county council is a way I can give back. I like new challenges!"
Smith graduated from North Montgomery High School (the third class to graduate from the school) and has taken various courses through Purdue University, including a two-year course that involved travel and studying agriculture in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
He has been married to Susan Smith for 36 years and the couple have two children, a daughter, Kelly, and a son, Kyle.
Smith is active in the New Hope Christian Church.