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JD Smith is a Smyrna native. After joining the Ga Army National Guard in 2002, JD served with the 878th Engineer Battalion of Augusta in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom 1 from 2003-2004. Upon returning home, JD was called up to active duty again in 2005, this time with the 161st Medical Company of Marietta for Hurricane Katrina relief on the Mississippi Gulf coast.
In the summer of 2006, JD started his career with the City of Smyrna Fire Department.
With the fire department as the platform, JD became avidly involved in community relations and outreach. He took over as lead coordinator for the “Shop with a Hero” program. Shop with
a Hero paired less fortunate children from Smyrna’s elementary schools with public safety officials for a day of holiday shopping and much needed essentials. Under JD’s leadership, the program grew to assist as many as 85 children and involved members of the Ga Army and
Air National Guard.
JD received multiple awards from the fire department for his involvement with the community. He assisted on the mitigation of countless medical emergencies, vehicle crashes and extrications, and fires, in every role from rookie firefighter to incident commander. JD was promoted to Engineer (a sergeant in the fire service) in 2010 and Lieutenant in 2014. The rank in which he held until he left the department in 2018.
In the spring of 2015, while still with the fire department, JD’s love of gardening and animals came to fruition when he became the owner of one of Smyrna’s oldest businesses, the
Smyrna has had a feed store for almost 100 years. When JD purchased the store, it was on the brink of going out of business. JD changed the name to “Neighbors Feed & Seed Supply Co” and revitalized the business, with an emphasis on sustainability and local goodness. Neighbors is now a part of the fabric of the community, sponsoring multiple school and community gardens, and caring for so many of our “neighbors” animals and properties. Neighbors’ success brought the tough decision to leave the fire department in winter of 2018.
JD wants to help oversee the continued economic growth of the city, with the Smyrna Market Village as its cultural center. Restaurants, arts, music and local retail can make the Market Village a destination, like so many other city centers around metro Atlanta.
Residential development is one of the largest drivers of economic growth in Smyrna, but many residents feel this is the case at the expense of the tree canopy. JD will explore ways that will allow the city to grow while protecting the quality of life for all of our citizens.
At no time in human history than the present have leaders of a community lived somewhere other than the community they serve. When JD is elected, he will propose that future critical city department heads will be residents of Smyrna.
Public Safety is near and dear to JD’s heart, and he will see that the citizens of Smyrna continue to have the best trained and equipped police and fire departments in the metro Atlanta area. He’ll also address the high turnover rates in the departments, to ensure that our citizens have the best trained, seasoned, veteran officers and firefighters protecting our community.
JD is not a politician. He is a small business owner, a father, and a native son. His interest in being on city council is not for his own gain, but to serve the community that has helped him become successful. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated his service to his community and country, and his ability to lead. As Ward 5 councilman, he will continue to put Smyrna first.
on November 5th
James ‘JD’ Smith
Smyrna City Council