Charles B. Smith, District Two


Contact Charles B. Smith

Party Affiliation: Democrat - Elected 2014

Phone: 941-745-3702
Fax: 941-745-3790
Mailing Address: The Honorable Charles B. Smith
P.O. Box 1000
Bradenton, FL 34206-1000

To schedule appointments, follow through on concerns, or obtain County information, you may contact Commissioner Smith's assistant Vida Gordon by phone at (941) 745-3721 or e-mail at



Commissioner Smith was born in Batavia, New York.  He grew up in the Lincoln area of Palmetto and is a graduate of Palmetto High School.    He became the first African American elected to the Palmetto City Council, (now Commission).    While on the City Commission, the Palmetto CRA grew into an Agency with a $2 million budget.  Through tax incentives it attracted new employers adding about 100 jobs and the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.  He was also influential in establishing the fledgling Palmetto Housing Authority.  The Smith family has owned and operated the Manatee Harvesting Company, Inc. for the past 54 years, and owns several other businesses as well. 



  • Bethune Cookman College - major - Criminal Justice
  • University of Central Florida - major - Criminal Justice
  • Bethesda Biblical Institute - Doctor of Divinity
  • State Certified County Commissioner
  • FRA - Florida Redevelopment Association - Certified Redevelopment Professional

Public Service

Board of County Commissioners, Elected November 2014

  • Member, 2014-present
  • Third Vice Chairman, 2018
  • Second Vice Chairman, 2017
  • Third Vice Chairman, 2015, 2016

 Port Authority

  • Member, 2014-present
  • Second Vice Chairman, 2016, 2017

Department of Juvenile Justice

  • Member 2016-present

Public Safety Coordinating Council

  • Member 2016-present
  • Chairman, 2017

Florida Association of Counties

  • Board Member 2017
  • Member, Finance, Tax, & Administration Policy Committee




  • Affordable Housing Committee, 2015
  • Enterprise Zone Development Agency, Chair 2015
  • Library Foundation Board, 2015
  • City Commissioner, Palmetto
  • Vice Mayor, Palmetto
  • Palmetto Community Redevelopment Agency
  • Palmetto Housing Authority


  • Southern Christian Leadership Conference, former National Board Member
  • Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (FBC-LEO), Past President, Board of Directors
  • NAACP Manatee Branch, Past Vice President
  • Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Chairman, Deacon's Board
  • Operation People for Peace, Inc. , National Board Member - Vice Chair
    • An organization who has a partnership with Legend, Earving "Magic" Johnson
  • Manasota League of Cities Commissioner, 3 years
  • Human Health Services Board, previously appointed and confirmed by Florida Senate
  • Palmetto Youth Center, former Executive Director
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Manatee County, former Minority Recruiter
  • United Way of Manatee County, former Key Note Speaker for Campaign Kickoff
  • 13th Avenue Dream Center, former Chairman and President


  • A recipient of the Senator Edgar H. Price Humanitarian Award
  • A recipient of the Church of God Community Service Award


  • Running
  • Body Building