Charles B. Smith, District Two

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Contact Charles B. Smith

Party Affiliation: Democrat - Elected 2014

Phone: 941-745-3702
Fax: 941-745-3790
E-Mail: charles.smith@mymanatee.org
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 Sheri Smith by phone at (941) 745-3708 or e-mail at sheri.smith@mymanatee.org

 

Personal

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 50 years, and owns several other businesses as well. 

 

Education

  • Bethune Cookman College - major - Criminal Justice
  • University of Central Florida - major - Criminal Justice

Public Service

Board of County Commissioners, Elected November 2014

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

 Port Authority

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

Other

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

Community

  • Southern Christian Leadership Conference, 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

Interests

  • Running
  • Body Building