Statement on Primary Election Results

March 4, 2020

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2020: “Elections don’t get any closer than yesterday’s District 1 primary for Johnston County Commissioner! We hold a small lead pending provisional votes being counted, and are confident that our lead will stand. I’m humbled by the people who have put their faith in me and who worked so hard on my campaign. Congratulations to Michelle Pace Davis on a strong, competitive race. Now, my team, family and I are preparing for the general election.”

A Note About My Dad

February 25, 2020

by Reid Smith Friends, This month I will cast my vote for my Dad, Fred Smith, for Johnston County Commissioner. I was in high school the first time I had the privilege of voting for my Dad, and I’ve campaigned for him in Johnston County and almost every county in North Carolina during his time in public service. During the 10 years since Dad last held public office, it has been nice watching him settle into his passions: his farm (he is the largest producer of SimAngus bulls in Johnston County), his family, and his business. Over the past decade Dad received numerous calls asking him to consider running for office or engaging in a campaign. Each time he would consider but then pass on the opportunity. However, when the opportunity came for him to run for the District 1 seat on the Johnston County Board of Commissioners this year, I could tell that this time it was different. Serving as a County Commissioner has always held a special place in Dad’s heart. He has often told me that his time as a Commissioner was the most rewarding period of his public service because he could see how his work…

Statement on Second Amendment Resolutions

January 20, 2020

JOHNSTON COUNTY, N.C. — Former State Senator Fred Smith, who is running for Johnston County Commissioner from District 1, released the following statement today: “The right to keep and bear arms is one of our most fundamental rights as Americans. Our Founding Fathers wisely enshrined this precious right in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. Counties throughout North Carolina and the nation have been making their voices heard by passing resolutions in defense of our Second Amendment rights. Rest assured that I will strongly defend our right to keep and bear arms as a Johnston County Commissioner.” Fred Smith is a Johnston County farmer, successful businessman, conservative leader and former County Commissioner and North Carolina State Senator.

Fred Smith Files For Johnston County Commissioner

December 23, 2019

[JoCo Report] Former Johnston County Commissioner and State Senator Fred Smith of Clayton filed Monday the District 1 seat on the Johnston County Board of Commissioners. Smith is seeking the seat currently held by Commissioner Jeff Carver of Clayton who announced on October 30th he would not seek re-election. Click here for the full article.

Fred Smith announces candidacy for Johnston County Commissioner

November 1, 2019

[JoCoReport] Former Johnston County Commissioner and State Senator Fred Smith of Clayton announced today that he is running for a seat on the Johnston County Board of Commissioners. “The time I served as county commissioner was one of the most enjoyable positions I have held because I was able to have a direct impact on people’s lives,” Smith told JoCoReport in an exclusive interview. “I am running once again for county commissioner because I want to give back to Johnston County for being a great place to live, and I would like to add value to Johnston county by helping to make it an even greater place.” Click here to view the full article.