For the second time this week, Greenville’s District 1 Councilwoman, Kandie Smith has earned an appointment to a National League of Cities (NLC) federal committee.
On Thursday, Smith was appointed to the NLC’s Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) Council. This is a one-year appointment for Smith with the option to be reappointed at the end of her term.
As a member of the Council, Smith will share her expertise and insights on how the NLC can achieve REAL’s overall mission to strengthen the knowledge and capacity of local elected officials to eliminate racial disparities, heal racial tensions and build more equitable communities. The NLC created the REAL Council to serve as the leadership group for this initiative.
The REAL Council is made up of members who represent leaders from the policy and advocacy committees, constituency groups, member networking councils and other advisory groups. The council will meet at the NLC’s two annual conferences in March and November and also during the NLC’s Summer Leadership Meeting.
“I am excited to have another opportunity to participate in meaningful work for the people of North Carolina,” Smith said. “The REAL Council provides me with a chance to continue working toward bringing people together and ensuring equity for all.”
Earlier this week Smith also was appointed to the NLC’s 2018 Public Safety and Crime Prevention (PSCP) federal advocacy committee.
The PSCP committee is responsible for developing NLC’s federal policy positions on issues involving crime prevention, corrections, substance abuse, municipal fire policy, juvenile justice, disaster preparedness and relief, homeland security, domestic terrorism, court systems and gun control.
On Monday, Smith also announced her candidacy for the District 8 seat in the N.C. House of Representatives which currently is held by Republican Representative Susan Martin, who last month announced she would not be running for re-election in 2018.
Smith was elected to the Greenville City Council in 2007 and has served on the Economic Development Subcommittee, Taxi Cab Appeals Committee and has been the City Council’s liaison for Greenville Utilities Commission, Greenville Housing Authority and Historic Preservation Committee.
Smith also is the North Carolina assistant regional representative for the National Black Caucus of Elected Officials, a board member of the Pitt County Reentry Council and was the former president of the Greenville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
In July, Smith – who also has served as the city’s mayor pro tem – became the first black, female mayor of the City of Greenville after the City Council voted unanimously to appoint her to fill the the mayor’s seat left vacant by Allen Thomas.