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Smith seeks TMHD seat
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TRINITY – A resident of the Trinity area for 15 years, Janice Smith has announced she is seeking the Position 9 seat on the Trinity Hospital District Board. She is opposing incumbent Jerry Russ in the May 14 election. Born in Birmingham, England, where her military father was station, Smith graduated from North Dallas High School in 1963. Upon graduation, she was employed with First National Bank in Dallas as an administrative assistance. She graduated from El Centro Junior College in Dallas in 1971 and later felt the cal of the ministry in her life. She went on to receive a degree in theology in 1986. Smith was awarded the title of Ordained Minister in 1989 from the Association of International Gospel Assemblies. While obtaining her degree in ministry, she wrote her thesis on the Book of Revelation which is now being used, with her consent, by Oral Roberts University. During her career, Smith was employed as an office manager for an office supply company in the Dallas area. She also was an administrative assistant at Southwest Airlines as well as assistant to the director of Baker Concrete Construction in Sabine Pass. Prior to moving to Trinity, Smith served as an election judge in Polk County. She has been an Avon representative in the Trinity area for the past seven years and said she has come to love and respect each and every customer. She also is an active member of the River of Life Church in Trinity, a member of the Eastern Star and a member of the Rebekah’s of Texas. In seeking the hospital board seat, Smith stressed her desire to represent the taxpayers of the Trinity Memorial Hospital District who have many questions on how their tax money is being spent. She said she feels any citizen wanting questions answered concerning the hospital has the right to obtain those answers through the release of public information. While Smith said she believes there is a great need for a hospital in the community, she also feels taxpayers are being saddled with an undue tax burden. She said she would like to see East Texas Medical Center shoulder more of the expense of maintaining the hospital, as well as new construction. Smith said she also would like to see the staff of the hospital receive the recognition they deserve for doing a great job. “Too much credit for our hospital appears to be going to the district board,” she said. “The success of any business depends, in large part, on the people who work there. The hospital has a great staff and they’re the backbone of the facility. They make the difference, not the board.” Smith and her husband, Jim, were married in 1971 and they have two children and seven grandchildren. She said she is urging every voter who wants accountability for their tax dollars to cast their vote in the election and added she would appreciate the chance to earn their votes.