Billy Woodard announces his candidacy for Smith County Mayor in the upcoming August 2018 election.
“I would like to let voters know that I will be running for the office of Smith County Mayor in the upcoming August 2018 election. I came to this decision after learning our current Mayor will not be seeking reelection,” stated Woodard.
Woodard is a lifelong resident of Smith County and the eighth generation to live on his family farm. His parents were the late Henry Woodard and Cleora Lancaster Woodard.
Woodard expressed, “I am grateful to have been raised by two Godly parents in Smith County. My parents raised me in church and taught me the value of hard work, honesty, and integrity.”
“I am a product of the Smith County Education System. I attended our community school, Lancaster Elementary, and then attended Gordonsville High School,” said Woodard.
Woodard is a 1969 graduate of Gordonsville High School and a 1974 graduate of Lee University, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Science, Chemistry emphasis, with a minor in business, arts, and Bible study. Woodard continued his education with several courses in economic development, mining, industrial safety, business, and chamber management. Woodard currently holds a valid General Contractors License in the state of Tennessee.
Woodard stated, “I have strived to continue a path of learning in my life to equip me for any opportunity to serve my community and provide for my family.”
Woodard has been married to his wife, Susie (Malone) Woodard, for 44 years. They currently reside in the Lancaster Community with their 7 year-old granddaughter, Tara. Susie is currently employed with the Smith County School system as Assistant Principal at Carthage Elementary. She previously served 9 years as principal of New Middleton Elementary and 11 years as a first-grade teacher at Gordonsville Elementary.
Woodard and his family are actively involved as volunteers with the Living Water Ministries food distribution program and members of Living Water Church in Gordonsville. He is also active in Rotary, Lions Club, Keep Smith County Beautiful, Smith County Drug Prevention Coalition, Smith County Heritage Museum, and several other civic and volunteer organizations.
Woodard is a life-long businessman and has been a small business owner for over 30 years. He stated, “My company has supported my family and several other families for over 30 years. My company has conducted business in all 50 United States and several countries. The company remains in operation under new management and ownership.” For the past 5 years Woodard has served as the Executive Director of the Smith County Chamber of Commerce.
“I have been given the privilege of being a County Commissioner in the 5th district since 1994. I have also served on Budget and Finance, Roads and Bridges, Courthouse and Jail, Ag Center, Rules of Order, Solid Waste, and Smith County Living committees,” says Woodard. Woodard continued to say, “I am especially proud of my sixteen-year membership on the Budget and Finance Committee. This is a committee where we commissioners work together as a team to manage our county’s budget and provide the best possible services to taxpayers and our employees. Smith County has an excellent bond rating and is one of the most fiscally sound counties in one of the most fiscally sound states in our nation. I am proud to be a Tennessean and equally proud to be a lifelong Smith Countian.”
Woodard expressed, “I want to thank the people of Smith County for their continued support. It is an honor and privilege to serve the people of Smith County. I ask and hope you will vote for me in the August election and allow me to serve as your next County Mayor. Working together, we can secure our future with continued progress.”
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