Two candidates filed have filed for each of the two seats up for election on the Jacksonville City Council. District 2 Councilman Jeff Smith has filed for re-election. Smith has been owner/operator of Smith Brothers Wrecker Service for 22 years and has lived in District 2 for 28 years. He and his wife, Wendy Anderson Smith, have a daughter Emilee, age 3-and-a-half.

“It has been a privilege and an honor to serve on the council for the past four years, two of those as Mayor Pro-Tem,” Smith said. “If re-elected, District 2 residents can call me anytime. I strongly believe I can give my time to the residents of District 2, as I have the past four years.”

Craig Lee has filed to run for the District 4 seat.

“I believe that I can provide District 4 with a fresh perspective and strong leadership,” Lee said. “Jacksonville has an abundance of resources, is in a prime location and is full of quality people. These attributes will help us form a common vision for Jacksonville, and forward thinking and a progressive attitude will help us reach that vision.”

Lee moved to Jacksonville in 1995 as a student at Lon Morris College, where he earned his Associate of Arts. He returned to Jacksonville after completing his Bachelor of Arts in public relations at Stephen F. Austin State University and Master of Business Administration in management from Our Lady of the Lake University. Lee spent five years as Dean of Enrollment Management for Lon Morris College and currently holds the position of Director of Enrollment Services at Angelina College in Lufkin.

“All areas of municipal government are important,” Lee said. “As citizens of Jacksonville, our quality of life hinges on areas such as sound fiscal management, infrastructure needs, further development of our park systems and the maintenance and continued rehabilitation of our roads. The Chamber of Commerce and JEDCO are working hard to attract visitors and industry to Jacksonville and providing for the future of our city. I will work with these entities as well as other offices and departments to continue that progress.”

Lee’s wife, Terra, is an elementary teacher with Jacksonville Independent School District, and they have one son, Caiden Clifford Lee. Lee’s mother, Nancy Lee, is a counselor with JISD and his father, the late Dr. Clifford M. Lee, was the former president of Lon Morris College.

The District 4 council seat is currently held by Councilman Floyd Steifer, who has not yet filed for re-election.

Filing for city council seats will continue through March 13. All filing may be done at city hall during regular business hours.

Early voting begins May 1 and continues until May 9, with election day on May 13. Early voting will be held at city hall, however election day voting will take place at the Jacksonville Public Library.

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