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Election 2015: District 2 councilman will not seek re-election

In City Speak

Richard Yeakley

By Richard Yeakley
Feb. 10, 2015 at 1:01 p.m.
Updated March 4, 2015 at 1:02 p.m.


District 2 Councilman Gary Smith, 56, said Tuesday he will not seek a second term in office.

Smith, who was elected without an opponent in 2012 to take over for Daryl Williams, said he and his wife were downsizing and may move from the southwest district.

Gary Smith on Thursday, May 17, 2012. (Michael Cavazos/News-Journal Photo)

"I love it, and I think it was a great experience. I learned a lot; I got certified as a certified municipal official," Smith said. "I probably won’t be living in my district. ... My wife and I have decided that we are getting kind of older and may sell our house. ... I can’t do yard work like a used to."

Smith was one of Longview's most present council members, notching perfect attendance at meetings for 2013 and most of 2014 and attending many community events.

He is a Longview native and 1977 graduate of Longview High School. He worked as a quality technologist at Stemco for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2009. 

"I really enjoyed representing the district, and I worked as hard as I could to make all their expectations come true," he said. "At this point in my life right now, I have to think about 5 – 10 years down the road."

On Monday, Longview ISD teacher and lifelong District 2 resident Nona Snoddy, made her candidacy for the seat official.

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