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Smith seeks re-election TRINITY
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–Trinity native Neal Smith, 51, is seeking re-election to his Position 4 seat on the Trinity City Council during the May 14 city elections. Smith, who began his political career with a term on the Trinity Memorial Hospital District’s board, is being challenged by Phillip Morrison in this year’s election. A fourth generation Trinity native, Smith grew up in the Milltown area. He attended Trinity public schools, as did his children and grandchildren. Smith’s family roots in the area go as far back as the arrival of his ancestors by wagon to help settle the Trinity area. Together with his wife of 32 years, he continues to reside in the Milltown area on 10th Street. His children and their spouses, his grandchildren, his mother and his sister and her husband, along with many other relatives, also continue to reside in Trinity. A 26-year veteran of the Trinity Volunteer Fire Department, Smith has been involved in public service for most of his life. He also currently is a member of the Trinity Economic and Industrial Development Corporation (TEIDC), which receives a voter-approved half cent city sales tax to fund economic programs benefiting Trinity. Among the projects TEIDC has funded include the renovation of the Trinity Community Center; the purchase of business-development property immediately south of the Alco Shopping Center; the purchase of the old football field, a portion of which was sold to McDonald’s and Rudy’s convenience store. In addition, TEIDC also funded the paving of 1.3 miles of city streets in recent months. Smith said he loves his hometown and the people who reside here and when he tells others that he is from Trinity, he does so with feelings of pride and honor. He said he often says, “Trinity is God’s country” and works to support the leadership for all local organizations. As a member of the city council, Smith said he strives to perform his duties by doing the best job possible. He said he feels Trinity is still growing and wants to assist that growth in any way possible. Having served on the city council for 24 years, Smith said he has experience in sound financial management, is dedicated to work for the good of the city and its residents and is willing to speak up and speak his mind on matters concerning the people of Trinity no matter what the consequences. He also noted that his very high attendance record at council meetings helps demonstrate his dedication. Smith said the day-to-day operation of the city is a major concern of local citizens and he wants to insure the city runs as smoothly and effectively as possible. He cited providing citizens with the services they need in a timely fashion is one of his major goals. During his years of service on the council, Smith said he feels he has worked in the best interest of the people of Trinity and invites local residents to contact him day or night if they have problems or concerns. He promised to seek solutions for those problems within the standards set forth by the city council. He noted his primary goal is to improve the City of Trinity and help it become more attractive to new business and industry. He added that as a council member, he will remain alert for growth opportunities and will work to prepare the city for the future. Smith said he hopes that one day there will be enough of a business selection in Trinity that no one will have to go out of town to purchase supplies and other necessities. Smith joined the Texas Department of Criminal Justice 31 years ago at the Eastham Unit west of Trinity and currently holds the position of field lieutenant at the Estelle Unit near Riverside. He said he knows each vote counts and he is encouraging everyone to vote during the election. “I would appreciate your vote for City Council Position #4 for Neal Smith,” he said.