Thirteen year Lewisville resident Mary Smith is seeking to represent her community on Lewisville City Council, running for Place 2.
Smith initially came to Lewisville for her congregation, Grace Missionary Baptist Church. She was introduced to the church by a friend while living in Dallas and got a feel for the city and the community driving back and forth every Sunday. Eventually, she moved to Lewisville with her children.
“We just came together as one, prayed about it, and here we are,” she said. “It just felt like home.”
Smith graduated from Dallas Christian College with a Bachelor’s in ministry, and eventually got a Master’s in ministry from Dallas Baptist University. She said she uses her education in her church’s outreach efforts. Smith worked as a bus driver for LISD for several years, developing relationships with parents and ingraining herself in the community. She has since switched back to phlebotomy, which she had done before moving.
Smith said that after 13 years in Lewisville, research on area issues and encouragement from her congregation, she wanted to represent her community in local government. She said she’s served in the past on the Lewisville Industrial Development Corporation, LISD District Facility Advisory and the Lewisville Back-to-School Fair, and still serves on the Lewisville Housing Finance Corporation,.
“You just don’t wake up one day and say, ‘oh, I’m running for city council,’” she said. “The community gave back to me, so I’m going to give back to the community.”
Smith outlined four main points of her platform — watching out for teens at risk of homelessness, increasing affordable housing, supporting current city efforts to revitalize Old Town and reducing crime rates. She said her strategies to reach these goals were to increase partnership with Kyle’s Place and similar organizations, increasing trust between the police and the community and encouraging neighborhood watch groups.