Political experience: Ran for Alabama commissioner of agriculture and industries, 2014; director, Alabama Development Office.
Professional experience: Chief administrative assistant, office of Gov. Lurleen Wallace; chief administrative assistant, office of Gov. Albert Brewer.
Civic experience: Commander in headquarters, Alabama National Guard; executive officer, Army Reserves; past president, Alabama Cable TV Association; former board adviser, NCTA; past national president, American Low Power TV Association; past president and chairman, LSMAC Inc.; past president, General Partner of Satelink Ltd.; former officer and board member, Inland Broadcasting; former officer and board member, Eagle Inc; past state vice president, Alabama Jaycees.
Main issues: Smith’s website says he plans to prioritize overhauling the Department of Commerce; create the Bank for Small Businesses to finance 200 small businesses; reactivating the state’s comprehensive development plan; creating a pilot program of Montessori pre-K schools; offering two years of technical college debt-free to underprivileged students; passing a new ethics bill; merging the state’s Mental Health Department with the Department of Public Health; recommissioning all National Guard armories; implementing zero-based budgeting for the state budget; and starting an office of information to improve government accessibility.