Alderman asks to be reelected
Apr 22, 2013 | 967 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Incumbent Maurice Smith of Cleveland is seeking reelection to the office of Ward 1 alderman in Cleveland.

Smith, a Cleveland native, has served in this position for the past eight years.

He is a retired educator with over 36 years of teaching, coaching and administrative experience in schools across the Delta.

Smith last served as principal at Central High School in West Helena, Ark., from 2009-2012 and previously served as superintendent of the North Bolivar School District from 1995-2005.

"I ask the people of Cleveland to consider me at the polls and send me back for a third term," said Smith. "Cleveland has been working well together and I hope to continue in this endeavor."

Smith said he would work to keep taxes down while still providing quality services to citizens.

"The strength of Cleveland lies in the department heads that continue to provide outstanding services in town and the surrounding area."

Another area of interest for Smith is developing tourism, especially in anticipation of the upcoming GRAMMY® Museum Mississippi.

"We will look to build on tourism in Cleveland, which will be enhanced by the GRAMMY® project," he said. "We will also work with the county to take advantage of the increased number of people visiting the area."

Affordable housing will also be a focal point for Smith.

"I will continue to seek grant opportunities to provide affordable housing for all citizens of Cleveland."

Smith has been active in the National Alliance of Black School Education, Program of Research and Evaluation for Public School, Inc., Mississippi Association of Educators, National Association of Educators, National Association of School Superintendents, National Association of School Administrators, Mississippi Association of School Superintendents and Phi Delta Kappa.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree, masters in education and education specialist certification from Delta State University.

"My managerial philosophy is that management should be done in a simple, clear and very practical manner," said Smith. "The manager must communicate a clear purpose for the organization, the employee, the tasks, and most importantly, for the purpose of him or herself."

The Primary Election will be held on May 7 and the General Election will be held on June 4.