I, Seth Smith, am excited to announce my candidacy for Mayor of Mena. I have a passion for public service and hope to utilize my experience and leadership to work with the people of Mena to move forward together.
After graduating from Mena High School, I enlisted in the Army National Guard. As an infantryman reaching the rank of Sergeant, I served two combat tours to Iraq and fulfilled two stateside deployments to Hurricane Katrina for rescue efforts and New Mexico for border security. My time in the military taught me the importance of hard work, leadership and more than anything, dependability. During this time, I also joined the Mena Fire Department where I am currently an active firefighter.
Upon satisfying my military obligation, I studied criminal justice at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith where I was fortunate to be awarded an academic internship with
the United States Marshals Service. It was while I was in college, a position with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office was offered to me; I knew it was time to serve my hometown in a bigger capacity. It was very rewarding to work for the citizens of Polk County. My time there was invaluable in teaching me decision making skills, intricacies of county government, ethical responsibility and maintaining fairness in all situations.
In early 2017, my wife and I started a family and I was presented an opportunity to own and operate my own business. This opportunity has allowed me more time to focus on my family. I am grateful for this chance to spend time at home, but my true passion will always be public service.
If I am elected for this position I promise to work hard to serve the people of Mena. My priorities in office will be efficient management of all city programs and
departments, fiscal transparency, and mindful economic growth. Mena is my hometown, I feel it is the best possible place to raise my family and hope that we can work hard to move forward together.