Former Thunderbolt Councilman Carl Smith announced that he will challenge Democratic three-term incumbent John Barrow in Georgia’s 12th Congressional District race for 2010.
“Congress must stop wasteful spending and eliminate programs that are not the constitutional responsibility of our government. We should be identifying failing programs, and replacing them with effective solutions that are fiscally accountable,” Smith said.
In 1997, and 2005, Thunderbolt elected Smith to city council. During his two terms, he helped reduce property taxes and enhanced the response capabilities of the police and fire departments. As finance chair, he reformed the city’s budget and accounting practices and corrected their audit deficiencies.
“The reason I want to represent Georgia’s 12th district is to stand against the Congressional borrow, tax, print and spend policies,” Smith said.
Barrow voted in favor of the $787 billion stimulus bill.
“That is exactly the type of irresponsible spending that has gotten us in this financial crisis,” Smith said.
In his 22 years of experience as a firefighter and fire chief, Smith has had a central part in the response to many Southern disasters.
He volunteered for relief work during Hurricane Hugo, the wildfires in south Georgia, Hurricane Katrina and most recently was a part of the incident command team during the response to the Imperial Sugar refinery explosion in Port Wentworth.
Smith has been elected to multiple terms as president of the Savannah Firefighters Association, as well as serving several terms for the Chatham County Fire Chiefs Association and the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs.