November 3, 2018
Kelly Smith, the Democratic challenger, is operations manager for an engineering firm and his making her first run for public office. She previously served as the Federal Emergency Management Agency coordinator for Collier County and zoning administrator for the city of Marco Island.
October 24, 2018
Geoit is running for a seat on the Pasco County Commission. She and fellow Democrat Kelly Smith are both running for the first time, joining a high number of first-time female candidates across the country.
“People are excited to have options on the ballot and change things up,” Smith said.
Both of them point to poverty as the number one issue in Pasco County.
“Certain parts of the county are doing great but you have to look at the whole county,” Geoit said. “We have the fancy developments but it’s important we get everybody and raise them out of poverty.”
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October 17, 2018
Their Democratic challengers, Kelly Smith of Wesley Chapel and Brandi Geoit of New Port Richey, point to other economics: 42 percent of the county’s households earn more than the federal poverty level, but less than the basic cost of living, according to the United Way. The median household income trails the state average, and prior to Oct. 1, more than 22 percent of the county government workforce was paid less than $15 per hour.
“I don’t think we have a whole lot of people in the middle anymore,’’ said Smith, who is challenging Moore for the District 2 commission seat based in central Pasco.
September 29, 2018
For Kelly Smith, running as the Democratic Party’s candidate for the District 2 seat on the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners is more about civic duty than personal achievement.
“I really am coming at this from a public service standpoint. I never imagined I would run for office,” says Smith, who has lived in Wesley Chapel for 10 years and will oppose Republican incumbent and fellow Wesley Chapel resident Mike Moore in this year’s general election on Tuesday, November 6.
Column: A hand-delivered campaign issue from Pasco Sheriff Nocco
Tampa Bay Times – May 15, 2018
A crowded jail could turn into a sore spot this political season.
Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco, inadvertently, may have delivered a campaign issue for the 2018 Pasco commission races. Except the beneficiaries are Democrats Kelly Smith and Brandi Geoit, not Nocco’s fellow Republicans and supporters, Commissioner Mike Moore and Chairman Mike Wells Jr.
The incumbents, it would seem, could get caught in the political crossfire over the looming budget-busting expense of housing inmates.
In a May 1 letter to the commission, Nocco took a broad swipe at the previous county administrator, saying “the predicament we now face could have been avoided. The failure of past county administration to properly address this issue and plan accordingly for a jail expansion has now put current county leadership in a position of having to spend approximately $9.8 million annually to house inmates in other counties until the jail expansion is built.’’
He also said spending all resources to curb jail crowding, instead of adding road patrol deputies, “is an unfortunate disservice to the citizens of Pasco County … as a result of the lack of previous planning and foresight.’’
The prior administration was headed by departed County Administrator Michele Baker who retired a year ago. Efforts to reach her for comment were unsuccessful.
But, her bosses included Moore and Wells.
So, why is this the administrator’s fault and not her supervisors’?
Democrats took note of the same question.
“I think it is an issue of the current and past commissions’ ongoing lack of doing proper planning of any kind of sort. The administration can only do what the county commissioners direct them to do,’’ said Smith, of Wesley Chapel, the announced opponent of Moore.
“That’s slick,’’ Democratic Party Chairman Michael Ledbetter said of trying to scapegoat administrators, but not commissioners.
Full article: Tampa Bay Times article
So Local Pasco – February 23, 2018
Galentine’s Day celebrations add activism to breakfast food
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — When Kelly Smith thought about when to hold her kickoff event for a county commission campaign in suburban Florida, she chose a day symbolizing women supporting women: Galentine’s Day.
The unofficial holiday began as an idea on a popular sitcom. But this year, many women like Smith are turning it into part of the #MeToo movement.
“Galentine’s Day is about celebrating women working together, and that’s how we’re going to win,” said Smith, who lives in Pasco County on the state’s west coast.
Full article: Associated Press Article
So Local Pasco Interview with Greg Smithwick
July 21, 2017 So Local Pasco with Kelly Smith, candidate for Pasco County Commission, District 2
Kelly Smith to challenge Pasco Commissioner Mike Moore
Kelly Smith, 42, of Wesley Chapel, a child advocate and a former government zoning administrator, is seeking the District 2 Pasco County Commission seat held by incumbent Republican Mike Moore.
Smith, a Democrat, moved to the county in 2008 from Naples. She said the 2016 national election inspired her candidacy.
“Just as it did for many Americans, the 2016 election outcome sparked my desire to become more involved in politics. Those elected to represent us no longer reflect a variety of viewpoints or experiences. I also don’t see many elected officials operating from the basic belief that it is their responsibility to care about all people and to make decisions that improve the quality of life for everyone,’’ she said in a released statement. “I was raised to believe that you can’t complain if you’re not willing to work towards a solution. With that, I couldn’t sit by and not get involved.”
Read the full article here: http://www.tampabay.com/kelly-smith-to-challenge-pasco-commissioner-mike-moore/2329649