Smith files for board seat

Friday, January 28, 2011

A former Marshall County Commissio n chairman has asked to be considered as a candidate for the school board when county commissioners vote late next month.

Cornersville dairy farmer Sam Smith sent an e-mail to County Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett on Jan. 20, indicating that he wants to finish Dee Dee Owens' term as a 4th District school board member.

When asked Monday about Smith's e-mail, Liggett replied, "I won't accept an e-mail."

Written requests from people interested in being on the ballot for commissioners' consideration on Feb. 28 are due at the county mayor's office by the close of business Feb. 11.

Smith delivered a written request Wednesday afternoon.

When he was a county commissioner, Smith represented the 4th District for six years and served on various board and committees, including the Board of Public Utilities.

"Having two daughters, one a second grader and the other a junior, I am very aware of the importance of a quality education and get a first-hand account of what our local school system has to offer," Smith said.

"I understand the daunting task county government struggles with ... to live within its means and be fiscally responsible," he said. "It is my sincere hope that, if appointed, I will be able to make a positive contribution ... and to exceed the expectations of my constituents... as well as the entire county."

Smith also issued a statement Thursday.

"If appointed I hope to make some contribution to the board that will promote and foster unity and transparency," he said. "We need to stop bickering amongst ourselves and get back to the business of educating the children of Marshall County."

Two other former Cornersville officials want to fill Owens' seat on the Board of Education. They are former Mayor Gaye Wilson who's worked at the schools' central office, and former Police Chief Jerry Campbell, who's been chairman of the school board.

Applications do not have to be submitted in writing. An individual may attend the February meeting of the commission and ask that they be considered for election.