Jeremy Smith, 35, was born in Oklahoma, moving to Blount County at an early age. He grew up alternating between family homes in Trussville and the Blountsville area, attending schools in both areas, including J.B. Pennington and Hewitt Trussville High Schools. He received his general equivalency diploma (GED) from Jefferson State Community College in 1994. He attended Bessemer State Technical College, receiving a certificate in industrial electronics. Smith is married to Carrie Russell Smith of Moody, and they have three children: twin boys, 6, and a girl, 10. He lives in the Blountsville area and operates Smith Tire and Automotive, a repair garage on U.S. 278 west of Rainbow Crossing.
Work experience In addition to the tire and automotive shop, Smith also owns and operates Alabama Properties, a general contracting business that manages properties for banks and mortgage companies. On receiving his certificate from Bessemer Tech, Smith worked for several years as an industrial electrician, including jobs at Del Monte and McWane Pipe Company. In 2002, he went into business for himself, forming Eastern Services, a general contracting company he sold two year ago. In 2008, he formed Alabama Properties, and last year opened the tire and automotive shop on U.S. 278. Smith is a volunteer firefighter with Brooksville Volunteer Fire Department, and has attended courses required for certification at the fire college.
If elected, how would you handle your business interests? Smith: “If I’m elected, I will turn over managing the two businesses to one of my trusted associates, because being commissioner is a full-time job.”
What are your qualifications to handle the job? Smith identified four major qualifications: •ability to plan complex activities to meet needs, taking advantage of all assets. •ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines. •ability to manage people arising from his experience managing six crews of up to 12 people in his personal business. •experience at organizing work using work orders to establish schedules and accountability for carrying out work and meeting work objectives.
What problems need to be addressed in District 2?
Smith identified the following concerns:
•work harder on maintaining roads, especially grading shoulders and clearing stopped-up culverts to improve drainage and keep water off roads.
•make sure proper work procedures are followed; for example, patching pot holes only when conditions are dry; when wet, work on other tasks.
•improve county support to volunteer fire departments because of many services they provide, especially emergency road-clearing during severe weather.
•improve support of sheriff’s department to hire more deputies. Smith’s statement to voters
“The election will be a clear choice and will be your decision: politics as usual – or – focused direction with future generations in mind. If elected as your commissioner, I pledge to maintain and improve the roads in District 2 that are in bad need of repair or unsafe. I want the people to have a voice in the county in the way we grow and prosper. The people in District 2 deserve a hardworking public servant, someone who will insure there is transparency in the commissioner’s office. I pledge to let the people know as to where and what their tax dollars are spent on. I greatly appreciate all the support I have and continue to receive throughout District 2! Please come out and show your support on March 13.”