The end was just the beginning

Facebook reminded me that 11 years ago today we finalized the adoption of our older two kids. Our youngest’s adoption was finalized five months earlier and we had stopped taking new foster care placements by then too. This day marked the end of the longest, most...

read more

Endorsement News

Thank you Sierra Club for recognizing my qualifications and supporting the campaign! Sierra Club Endorses Kelly Smith for Pasco County Commission St. Petersburg - The Suncoast and Tampa Bay Groups of the Sierra Club officially announced their endorsement of Kelly...

read more

League of Women Voters Questionnaire — Full Responses

Last week the Hillsborough League of Women Voters posted the responses to their candidate questionnaire. I thought they asked fantastic questions that were extremely relevant for the County Commissioner candidates. You can see the responses here:...

read more

A living wage for Pasco County

I’m often asked what I think the biggest challenge is in Pasco County. I used to think it was the pace of development. However, after spending more time talking to people in the community, I say without a doubt it is poverty and income inequality. Travel the county...

read more

Public Comment at the June 5 BCC Meeting

At the beginning of each Board of County Commissioners meeting there is an opportunity for residents to speak on an item not on the agenda for the day. Today I gave the following remarks: My name is Kelly Smith. I live at 3537 Fortingale Drive in Wesley Chapel. As a...

read more

Channeling Anger into Action

Just a week ago I was connected with Patti, a Pasco County resident who is living in a homeless camp in Hudson with 33 other adults, 1 child, 5 dogs and 4 cats. Patti is a veteran, has never been arrested or evicted, does not have an addiction or mental health issue,...

read more

Are tunnels coming to Pasco?

For the last two years the Vision 54-56 Task Force has been studying and discussing intersection improvements along the SR 54 corridor. In November the Task Force recommended 6 intersection alternatives -- 3 for the 54/41 intersection specifically and 3 for the...

read more

No NRA Money Pledge

I've made a few comments on social media in response to the horrific tragedy last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School but I feel it's important for me to make an official statement. There's been a lot of conversation about gun control, mental health, and gun...

read more

Fraudulent Building Inspections – Communication Matters!

If one of the red dots on this map (https://multiplottr.com/index_embed.php?map_id=138220) looks like it is your address or the address of someone you know please zoom in. If it is your house or the house of someone you know the homeowners insurance for the property...

read more