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B.B. Smith Announces Candidacy for Wetzel County Commission

By Staff | Jan 31, 2018


B.B. Smith has announced his candidacy for Wetzel County Commission. B.B. Smith has a strong record of supporting local working men and women, and he wants to continue serving residents as a member of the Wetzel County Commission. Smith has announced he is seeking to be elected to the seat being vacated by his friend and longtime Commissioner, Bob Gorby. Gorby is retiring after 18 years.

Smith is running because he understands the different levels of government, and he believes his experience can make a difference at the local level.

“Every level of government is important,” says Smith. “But local government tends to have a more immediate impact on residents because this is where they live.” B.B. is well aware of the impact. While working for the State Auditor’s office, B.B. was instrumental in passing legislation giving local government entities the ability to use purchasing cards. This legislation resulted in millions of dollars in savings and rebates to county government, boards of education, and municipalities. “I am excited to run for commissioner and to have the opportunity to serve the residents of Wetzel County,” offers Smith.

Smith is a lifelong Democrat. During his entire adult life, he has supported and actively fought for the rights of unions and the betterment of working men and women in Wetzel County and throughout West Virginia. Smith has worked in State government for 11 years, and he is a 50-year member of Boilermakers Local 667. Smith is the current President of the Marshall, Wetzel, Tyler Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and has served in this position for 14 years.

Smith is active in the community. He is one of the organizers of the annual Paden City Labor Day celebration, the largest in West Virginia, and regularly supports events in Wetzel County. Smith is a member of a number of local organizations including, the American Legion, VFW, and the Moose Lodge in New Martinsville, and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Paden City. He also serves on the Board of the Paden City Economic Development Authority.

Smith is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. Smith is the proud father of two children and has two grandchildren.

If elected, Smith will be a full-time commissioner and accessible to the public. If you have any questions, feel free to contact B.B. Smith at (304) 545-7781. Your support is greatly appreciated.