GAINESVILLE - J.C. Smith announced on Monday his candidacy for the Clerk of Courts for Hall County. The post is now held by Dwight Wood.
In declaring his intention to run for the position, Smith said, "I have long
believed that work in public service is very important to quality growth in a community. Hall County has a great history of people that have stepped up to serve in government. I would like to do my part as Clerk of Courts for Hall County."
He also said recent revelations that Wood is receiving extra income from passport fees played a factor in his decision to seek the office. Wood has said the extra income has always been legal and above board and there have been no hints to the contrary.
Smith, who has lived in Gainesville since 1983, is a business consultant with the University of Georgia Small Business Development Center in Gainesville.
He is currently serving on the board of directors for the Northeast Georgia Speech Center and the Arts Council. He is past president of the Hall County Library System, Leadership Hall County, the Gainesville Jaycees, Lanier Technical College Foundation and the Northeast Georgia Community Foundation.
Smith has also been selected as the Gainesville Jaycees Young Man of the Year and the Brenau University Hall of Fame. He is a member of Gainesville First United Methodist Church, where he serves on the church council and teaches Sunday school.
Smith holds a BA from the University of South Alabama and a Master of Business Administration from Brenau University.
He plans to run in the Republican Primary in July.