Eric Smith Seeking Seat on Duval School Board
Eric Smith is back. The former City Councilman has set his sights on the Duval County School Board.
Yesterday, Smith filed paperwork with the Supervisor of Elections to run for the District 6 seat currently held by Vicki Drake, who is prevented from seeking re-election next year by term limits.
The Jacksonville Observer caught up with Smith earlier today to ask him about his latest campaign.
"Quality public schools are essential to the health and the future of our city. Florida, sadly, ranks dead last in the country in terms of the support that the state gives the schools," Smith said. "That leaves it very much up to the county and city to recommit ourselves to making our schools one of the best systems in the country. We have a long way to go to achieve that goal. But we owe it to our children and our future."
"As a former public school teacher, having raised several lovely children that are products of Duval's Public School System, and having 3 grandchildren currently in that system, I very much want to be a part of that future," said Smith. "I have a background that would help all of us together to achieve the very best for our schools and our school children."
Smith spent a total of 20 years as a member of the Jacksonville City Council and three terms in the Florida State House of Representatives. His last run for public office was as a Democrat in the 2005 special election for an at-large seat on the City Council. Smith ultimately lost that race to Republican and current Council President Ronnie Fussell.
School Board District 6 is comprised of City Council Districts 11 and 12. It covers much of the West Side, out to Baldwin, and reach all the way over to the Beaches. This will certainly be an interesting race to watch next Fall.
Two other candidates have also filed for the seat thus far: Doreszell 'D.C.' Nash and Gary Oliveras.