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Howard Smith Announces Re-Election Campaign

City Councilman Howard Smith is looking for a second term.

On Friday, Smith released an email to supporters, saying he will be seeking a second term in 2019 and is planning a campaign kickoff on Monday at the Charles E. Warford Activity Center.

“I look forward to seeing you on Monday and sharing my vision for the City,” Smith said. “We have some great momentum and with your support, we can continue to enhance our hometown.”

On Smith’s email, a map of the Warford Center, along with a photograph of Smith is included. On the social media buttons on the bottom of the email, clicking the links takes the viewer to pages for Raffkind’s in most cases, with the exception of the Instagram link, which is blank.

Smith, an Amarillo realtor and former school district trustee, was first elected in 2017, ousting Councilman Mark Nair, who was seeking re-election himself. Smith’s campaign was backed heavily by Amarillo Matters PAC and organizations aligned with realtors groups, making Smith’s one of the most expensive Council campaigns in Amarillo.

Earlier this year, there were questions on whether Smith would run for a second term, as rumors began circulating that Smith was planning to run against Mayor Ginger Nelson in 2019, although Smith eventually dispelled the rumors, and reaffirmed his support for Nelson. Since being elected, Smith has been considered a safe vote for the City Council, as he has never voted against any item that has come before the Council.

As of right now, Smith has yet to receive an official challenger for 2019. Smith joins Hayden Pedigo and Steven Rosas as announced candidates for the City Council in 2019.



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