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Smith seeks fourth term

By Staff | Mar 11, 2010

Wanda Grantham Smith - Chronicle file photo by Michael Theis

Incumbent councilwoman Wanda Grantham Smith will seek a fourth term on Shepherdstown Town Council.

Smith, who lives on N. College Street on the east end of Shepherdstown, filed with the Shepherdstown town clerk on Tuesday, after the regular Town Council meeting. Smith says she’s seeking a fourth term because she wants to be able to serve the people of Shepherdstown. “I just feel like part of Shepherdstown,” said Smith by phone on Thursday, “I’m in touch with the people of Shepherdstown, and I didn’t want to lose the sense of being their for when people need help.”

Smith has served on the Town Council since 2004. She is the only African-American on the Town Council. When asked, Smith acknowledged that she is the de-facto voice of Shepherdstown’s African-American community. “I feel thankful and blessed that they do feel comfortable with me being their voice,” said Smith.

Smith says that she’s a “behind the scenes” person willing to get answers, or action, for her constituents. “If somebody asks me something, I’ll look into it and get it done for them,” said Smith.

Smith plans on campaigning through her everyday life in Shepherdstown. “I’ll be walking around, talking to people, I’ll see people at the library and stuff, and I’ll probably also put a statement in the newspaper asking for support,” said Smith.

Candidates for Shepherdstown’s municipal election have until this Friday to file with the town clerk. Shepherdstown’s municipal election occurs on June 1 of this year. Town Council candidates run for one of five at-large seats, with the five highest vote getters winning seats on the council.