By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: JoinSmitt.com (Information):
Needles, California: A meet and greet event with California State Assembly District 33 Candidate Thurston “Smitty” Smith and Needles City Mayor Candidate Jeff Williams will be held on Thursday, October 8th, 2020 at the Bath’s residence located at 824 Beach Drive.
Smith and Williams will be meeting with people from the community during the meet and greet event.
According to his campaign website, Thurston Smith, known to most as “Smitty,” has been a longtime advocate for our region. Smitty has worked hard to reduce burdensome regulations because he knows firsthand how they affect businesses. In 1988, Smitty started his own small business working as a concrete pumping contractor in the High Desert.
A devout family man and Christian, Smitty has been married to Margaret for over 33 years and they have raised two children together in Hesperia. In 2007, their youngest son, Brandon, tragically lost his life in an off-road motorcycle accident in the California desert. This tragedy led Smitty and his wife to establish the “Brandon E. Smith Memorial Scholarship” with the Victor Valley College Foundation in order to help local students achieve their educational ambitions.
Fed up with increasingly burdensome regulations on his own small business in California, Smitty felt compelled to get involved in local government and be an advocate for fellow small business owners and taxpayers. In 2006, Smitty’s neighbors elected him to the Hesperia City Council where he served two terms and was appointed by his peers three times to serve as Mayor.
On the Hesperia City Council, Smitty championed government reform, cut government waste, and advocated for transportation infrastructure projects like the Ranchero Interchange on Interstate 15. His record on the Council was one of getting results for his neighbors. Smitty was instrumental in the completion of the Hesperia Civic Plaza Park and he worked with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s department to help reduce crime in the City.
Thurston “Smitty” Smith and his wife, Margaret, have been residents of the 33rd Assembly District for over three decades. Smitty understands the challenges and opportunities of our region. He has held leadership posts in the local chamber of commerce, Victor Valley College Foundation, Hesperia Kiwanis, Desert Valley Hospital, and numerous other civic and faith-based groups in the High Desert. As a community leader and taxpayer advocate, Thurston “Smitty” Smith is well positioned to be our voice in the California State Assembly.
More information about California State Assembly District 33 Candidate Thurston “Smitty” Smith can be found at his campaign website at: http://joinsmitty.com/
Williams grew up in Needles from about 1972, moving here from Oklahoma, graduated from Needles High School in 1982, worked as a sheriff’s deputy for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department from 1985 to 1994, retired from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and worked as a private investigator, consultant.
Williams was elected to the city council for the City of Needles in April of 2000 until 2006 when he was elected to mayor at City of Needles serving from 2006 to 2010.
Williams worked on city business as a city council vice mayor mayor from 2014 to 2018 before he elected to mayor at City of Needles serving from December 11th, 2018 to present day running for another term for mayor in the upcoming November 2020 election.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, those who are planning to attend the meet and greet are encouraged wearing face coverings and mask, and social distancing.
Good luck to all of the candidates and do not forget to vote in the Election 2020 on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020.