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Smith seeking reelection to Covington council

COVINGTON - Councilman Chris Smith today announced his campaign for re-election to the Covington City Council Post 1 East Ward seat.

"It's been an honor to serve the people of Covington on the Covington City Council. These past four years have flown by, but I am excited to announce my campaign for re-election to the City Council. I look forward to working hard and continuing to earn the trust and support of the citizens of Covington so I can keep providing solid, conservative leadership," Smith said.

Smith said he has been a friend to the taxpayers of Covington during his first term, by working to maintain reduced storm water runoff fees for homeowners and businesses, and has diligently fought for no tax increases while increasing the city's reserves. Smith said he has been a strong advocate for public safety and worked on securing funding to place automated external defibrillators in all of the city's police cars and in the fire department's first response vehicles.

Smith noted that he has also pushed for infrastructure improvement projects such as the Eberhardt Street storm water drainage project, replacement of water lines on Geiger Street and sidewalk placement on Carlton Trail.

"I ran for the City Council to be a friend to the taxpayers and to give back to my community," he said. "We are living in tough economic times where budgets are tight in citizen's households and in the businesses of Covington. I believe that government has to be responsible with the taxpayer's dollars and spend it wisely; that's what I have fought for over the past four years. If re-elected, I will continue to work hard to ensure that Covington remains a great place to live, raise a family and operate a business."

Smith and his wife Gidget have been married for 20 years and have two daughters. They attend Covington First United Methodists Church. Smith is a life-long resident of Covington and is co-owner of Newton Electric. He is active on several boards.

Qualifying for the nonpartisan Municipal Election takes place Aug. 26 - Aug. 30. Smith is the first to announce his candidacy for the election. In the city of Covington, the Post 2 West Ward seat, currently held by Councilwoman Hawnethia Williams and Post 3 West Ward seat, held by Councilwoman Ocie Franklin, will also be on the ballot.