I, Sarah Marie Smith, am pleased to announce my candidacy for Mayor of Carthage, Tennessee. Carthage is my hometown, the place where I was born and raised. I care about its people, its history, and its future and would be honored to serve the people of Carthage as your Mayor.

My Roots

I feel blessed that several generations of my family have lived in Smith County, three generations right here in Carthage. My father, Ervin Smith, was a lifelong educator, serving for many years as principal of Smith County High School. My mother, Mary Etta Smith, worked as a secretary in the County Extension Office, helping 4-H members with their projects and record books and assisting FCE clubs. Their years of service to others made a deep and lasting impression on me as a young person.

My brother, Sam Smith, is retired as an Historical Archeologist with the Tennessee Division of Archeology. Throughout his career, he has shared the history of our state and region with others.

I graduated from Smith County High School and received my undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where I was elected Vice- President of Student Government. After graduating from college, I worked as a flight attendant with Delta Airlines, serving hundreds of people each month on flights across the United States. Later, I moved to Los Angeles, where I worked as an actress as well as teaching in a public high school.

Several years ago, I returned to Carthage and decided to go back to college for a graduate degree. I received a Master of Arts in Conflict Management from Lipscomb University and began my work as a Mediator listed with the Tennessee Supreme Court. As such, I have worked with cases that included the Davidson County Juvenile Court, the Victim-Offender Program, and other civil and family disputes.

In addition to the mediations, I teach organizations how to manage conflict and help them plan strategies for the future.

My current and past affiliations include Tennessee Association of Professional Mediators – Board of Directors, Leadership Opportunity Smith County, Rotary Club, Smith Co. Historical and Genealogical Society – Vice President, Smith County Fair volunteer, Women in Film and Television Nashville – Board of Directors, Tennessee Screenwriters Association, Tennessee Women in Green, CASA Wilson/Smith Counties Board of Directors, candidate for Tennessee House of Representatives, member of Carthage United Methodist Church.

Why I’m Running

Two requirements for a city government to function well are transparency and citizen involvement.

If elected Mayor, I will ensure transparency in our city government. You will be informed about city meetings well in advance so you can attend and share your thoughts about the issues at hand. I will make readily available at City Hall a copy of the yearly budget for citizens to see how our tax dollars are being spent.

I will hold monthly meetings for residents of Carthage to talk about what is working well in the community and things that might be improved… and to share ideas for how this might be accomplished.

Each week, I will meet with department supervisors to hear how things are going throughout the town. There will also be an open door for employees to talk about ways to make our city services even better.

Our businesses are a vital part of the community. The tax base they contribute is essential to our economy. Their owners will be given a seat at the table and a say in how the city can help make them stronger.

Our town has a limited amount of land space. Development needs to be done in a smart manner. If variances to zoning codes are requested, people will be invited to speak to the impact of this change to their neighborhoods.

Open communication is imperative if we are to have a city government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

What’s At Stake

There’s so much to offer in our hometown .. a river front .. recreation on the Caney Fork and Cumberland Rivers .. historic sites .. a lovely Courthouse .. a downtown square with businesses housed in amazing historic architecture.

But the most important part of Carthage is our PEOPLE. Working together, we can make our wonderful town an even better place to live, work, and play. If elected, I promised to do everything in my power to lead the way.

If you’re on board to help make our wonderful town even better, I would greatly appreciate your vote for Mayor of Carthage!

Election Day: November 6, 2018 Early Voting: Sept. 17 – Nov. 1, 2018

(For more about Sarah Marie Smith ~ www.time2mediate.com)