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National Christian women’s organization area director Michelle Smith running for Rockwall Council

ROCKWALL – The East Texas Area Director of a national Christian women’s organization, Michelle Smith, is running for Rockwall City Council seat Place 5 in the May 14 city and school board elections.

The seat has been occupied since 2005 by outgoing Council member Matt Scott, who has reached his three, two-year term limit.

Her opponents are interior architectural design firm principal Connie Jackson and construction company vice president Dennis Lewis.

As East Texas Director of Concerned Women For America (CWA), Smith leads efforts to “bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy” by focusing on their core issues of the family, the sanctity of human life, religious liberty, education, pornography and national sovereignty.”

“CWA is built on prayer and action,” she explained. “We are the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich 30-year history of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy. What we do is help people focus on six core issues, which we have determined need Biblical principles most and where we can have the greatest impact. At its root, each of these issues is a battle over worldviews.”

“The mission of CWA is to protect and promote Biblical values among all citizens – first through prayer, then education, and finally by influencing our society – thereby reversing the decline in moral values in our nation,” reads CWA’s Facebook page.

A homemaker and mother of three children in Rockwall area schools, Smith is married to Kurtis Smith, a partner in an auditing firm.

She was previously a pharmaceutical technician for 10 years and is currently pursuing a special two-year degree through Collin County Community College to become a Registered Nurse.

If elected, she says she will:

  • Work to ensure the City remains fiscally strong
  • Work hard to ensure residents are informed about actions at City Hall and promote transparency between the Council and citizens
  • Be a “business-friendly” advocate, ensuring the City keeps existing businesses, while bringing new businesses and jobs

“Because I am a true fiscal conservative, we need to take a hard look at the budget and make sure we are not spending more than we are bringing in,” she said. “We must also take a look at wants vs. needs in our growing community. My vote will not be for implementing any new tax increases to you the citizens of Rockwall but, instead, reducing spending. I know from personal experience in how we run the Smith household, that we must not spend more than we take in, and must save for unforeseen crises.”

“I am running for City Council because I want Rockwall to remain fiscally sound, providing a safe and prosperous environment in which families can rear their children, including my own. It is vital that we step up and find ways to be involved in the community. It is not enough to say that something is wrong or doesn’t work without being a part of solving the problem, or leave it to someone else to make decisions affecting the future of our families.”

“As your Councilwoman I will work hard to manage the current and future growth of our community and offer new ideas for improvements as the needs and desires of the community change. I promise to look for conservative solutions when spending your money.”

Smith said she believes that communication between city government and Rockwall citizens needs improvement.

“One thing I will propose is to improve communication between the city government and our citizens. In conversations, many citizens have stated that they are not getting enough information regarding city projects, plans or issues. I am very interested in what my fellow-citizens have to say. I believe in full disclosure of current and future expenditures and that the status of ongoing projects should be provided to our citizens. I would encourage better utilization of current city communication methods, such as the website and newsletters. I would like to see live streaming webcast of all city council meetings.”

In addition, Smith says “Rockwall must be ‘business friendly’ if we are to flourish in the future.”

“We need to increase revenues from bringing more businesses to our community to reduce the financial burdens on us, the taxpayers.”

Smith says she has served in numerous volunteer capacities:

  • Served on HOA Board of L Streets Neighborhood Association as Crime Watch Chair
  • Served with Volunteers in Patrol community partnership training with Dallas Police
  • Helped clean up crime-ridden apartments near White Rock Lake
  • Served for many years as a trained counselor for women in crisis pregnancies
  • Served on PTA boards at Celia Hays Elementary and Williams Middle schools
  • High school youth camp leader at Lake Pointe church
  • Served as Republican Party Precinct 1B Election Judge
  • Delegate to the 2010 State Republican Convention
  • Served on preschool & kindergarten teaching staff at First Baptist Church Dallas

She added that she works well with all types of people, including forming teams to solve problems under time and budget constraints, meeting or exceeding original goals.

“These are valuable skills that I can offer to the City and the citizens and I humbly ask you for your vote May 14th,” she said.

For more info, see www.electmichellesmith.com or see her Facebook page at  facebook.com/electmichellesmith.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

 

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