From Citizens for Joseph C. Smith:
[Havre de Grace, MD] – Havre de Grace City Councilman Joseph Smith, formally filed this week for the Democratic nomination for the Harford County Council, District F.
A human resource consultant and small business owner, Smith, 49, said he intends to bring an independent voice to Harford County politics.
“As a County Councilman, I will challenge the status quo while working diligently to represent the diverse interests of an important district.” He said. “District F fuels much of the economy of Harford County. Aberdeen, APG, Belcamp, and Havre de Grace – each are home to some of our major employers. The district is also home to some of our greatest challenges – namely traffic, public safety, and outdated schools. We can’t do that by maintaining the status quo. We need our elected officials to tackle these issues head on, and not just shrug their shoulders and say that’s the way it is. We can do better. We must do better. That’s why I’m running for Harford County Council District F.”
Smith said county government is charged with finding a balance between economic demands and quality of life issues. “I believe my background in business, information technology, government, human resources, education, and, yes, politics, make me uniquely qualified to serve at the County level,” he said.
Smith was elected to the Havre de Grace City Council in May 2012, from a crowded field of candidates that included two long-standing incumbents. He currently chairs the Budget and Finance Committee and is a member of the Planning Committee and Council Liaison to the Economic Development Advisory board. Smith also is actively engaged on City Council in issues related to tourism, education and environmental protection.
Councilman Smith currently works as an independent human resource consultant, specializing in talent management systems. He has worked for several well-known companies including Booz Allen Hamilton, Wells Fargo Bank, EDS and Nortel. He has had extensive experience advising federal agencies on human capital management strategies, in particular, on the implementation and use of complex talent management systems. Smith is also co-owner of Glyph Art & Design Studio, a graphic design firm and retail store located in Havre de Grace.
Smith holds a Masters degree in Human Resource Development from Marymount University in Arlington, VA, and B.A. in International Studies from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT, and is a certified project manager (PMP) and senior human resource professional (SPHR)
Originally from Bay City, Michigan, he has lived in New York City, Washington, DC and Virginia before moving to Maryland in 2004. Smith has been a resident of Havre de Grace since 2006, living in the Bulle Rock development. He is a member of the Bulle Rock Civic League, the Harford County and Havre de Grace Chambers of Commerce, and the Rt 40 Business Association.