Art Shady Announces His Candidacy for Smith County Mayor

March 21, 2022

It is with great pleasure that I announce my candidacy for Smith County Mayor. As a proud member of this county I look forward to serving the citizens of our county as your mayor. I have 35 years of accounting and tax preparation experience. While in college I built a practice in Chattanooga of over 200 individual and business clients. I’ve been a comptroller and HR director for a multi-dollar construction company in Knoxville and an Assistant Branch Manager for a bank. I taught computer classes at Roane State Community College and have spent most of my life in some form of management. I feel well qualified for this office as I am the only candidate with a strong financial management background.

I live in the Riddleton community with my wife Sandra, we have seven children and three grandchildren so far. Formerly from the Nashville and Baxter areas we have lived in Smith County for the last five years and intend it to be our home. I would appreciate your vote for Mayor of Smith County and I promise to do the best job I can for the privilege. As Mayor I will maintain an open-door policy and strive to be as transparent as possible. It will be my primary goal to restore fiscal responsibility and accountability to the office of Mayor. You may contact me by email at, or text or call my cell phone at 615-486-9308.

In my opinion the current administration has not handled the county funds responsibly. This has led to shortages that have put a burden on the citizens of this county. The sitting mayor miscalculated anticipated revenue and plunged the county into a million-dollar deficit. The mayor made wild projections based on unrealistic anticipation of revenue. You can read more about this on the “Why Me” menu item of my website at, be sure to click on the “New Rules” menu item at the top also in the main menu.

There will be a Night of the Candidates forum at the Riverpoint Ranch, 46 Fox Run Lane, in Carthage on Tuesday, April 5 2022 at 7:00 PM. There will also be a candidate forum April 12 where you will have the opportunity to hear from each candidate that participates. The primary election will be May 3rd and early voting begins April 13th, one day after the forum. Check our website for updates from time to time. The forum will be broadcast so check with the Smith County Insider to find out when, it will probably livestream in real time.

God bless you and yours — Art Shady