FARMINGTON -- Sitting on the business side of the political table the past four years has piqued Jim Smith's interest in running for office for the first time.
Smith, president of the Davis Chamber of Commerce the past four years, has announced he plans to run for a Davis County Commission seat.
"Although I have never held an elected position, I feel that my experience in the chamber and the business world gives me a unique insight into the role of a commissioner and will allow me to hit the ground running," Smith said in a statement.
"Consequently, one of my key focus points will be economic development," said Smith, who has experience in the banking industry. "We can expand our community resources without tax increases if we promote an expanding tax base through economic development."
Commissioner Louenda Downs recently announced she will not be seeking a third four-year term in office. Her term expires Jan. 4, 2015.
But while Downs is bidding the commission adieu, fellow Commissioner Bret Millburn has already announced his intentions of seeking a third term on the commission. Millburn's current term also expires Jan. 4, 2015.
Others having expressed an interest in running for a commission seat are Syracuse attorney Terry Spencer, who has indicated he may run as a Libertarian Party candidate, and Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clinton, who says he has been approached by others to run for the commission and he is exploring his options.
But while it is still several weeks before anyone can officially file for office, Smith appears to be all in.
"I want to leave Davis County a better place for my grandchildren. All of us have benefited by the efforts of those who preceded us," Smith said. "We all sit in the shade of a tree we didn't plant."
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