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May 20, 2011 > No reelection bid for Hiz Honor

No reelection bid for Hiz Honor

The familiar ringing "Yowza!" endorsement of everything promoting Newark, California has limited tenure at Newark City Hall. Mayor Dave Smith, an icon of strength, stability, leadership and enthusiastic promotion of all things Newark will be leaving office at the close of his current term of office. The announcement was greeted with shock and a realization that this long time pillar of Newark would, at some point, choose to travel a parallel Newark-centric path from the one he has trod for the last 35 years.

The Press Release dated May 18, 2011 is reprinted below verbatim:

Newark Mayor David W. Smith has announced that he will not seek re-election this November.

Mayor Smith is currently serving his 16th consecutive term as Mayor of the City of Newark. He was first elected Mayor in March of 1978. He was elected to the Newark City Council in March of 1976.

Mayor Smith is the most senior Mayor currently serving in California, and is second in the Mayoral seniority in the United States. Mayor Smith has been a Trustee (Executive Committee) of the United States Conference of Mayors since 1994. During his tenure with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, he served as Chair of the Membership Committee for several years, and was instrumental in growing the membership of the Conference.

Locally Mayor Smith is a Past President of the Alameda County Conference of Mayors and a Past Chair of the Alameda County Transportation Authority. He currently chairs the Newark Redevelopment Agency, the Newark Community Development Advisory Committee, and the Newark Disaster Council.

In a brief telephone conversation to be followed by a comprehensive interview with TCV, Mayor Smith said that it was time to pursue other interests; an expanding family including grandchildren and a great grandchild foremost in his mind. Although the Mayor will continue to live in the City of Newark and support the community, he has no plans for further official council duties. Look for a report of an in-depth conversation with Mayor Smith in another issue of Tri-City Voice.

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