Mike Smith Wants Tyler County Commission Seat
Mike Smith, a Republican from Middlebourne, has announced his candidacy for Tyler County Commission.
Mike and his wife, Debra Heintzman Smith, are life-long Tyler County residents. Both were born May 1, 1964 in Sistersville General Hospital, and aside from Mike serving a tour of duty in the US Navy, have lived in Tyler County their whole life. They settled on a small farm near Middlebourne where they raised their children. Many know Debra as “Nurse Debbie” as she is a school nurse in Tyler County.
Mike is a US Navy veteran and a 30-year employee of Monongahela Power. “Having worked for the power company, I have been across almost every road of Tyler County and have grown very fond of the place I have called home for the last 54 years. I have witnessed the changes, both good and bad, that we all have endured.”
Mike started out with the power company in 1988; after obtaining a degree with WVUP in Electrical Engineering Technology, he moved to Engineering, then to Planning and Scheduling, and is currently the Planning Supervisor. “I have seen a lot of projects completed over the years – physically building them, engineering and designing them, and implementing them. My latest project is the implementation of electronic processing of electrical inspections in the Parkersburg Region. We are the first in Mon Power WV to have this. It is saving the company a lot of money and manhours as well as streamlining the process for the inspectors and our technicians. We hope to have all of Mon Power on board with it this summer making us the only First Energy company to have 100% participation.”
Mike is on the Board of Directors for the WV Christian Youth Camp where his whole family volunteers. He is on the Board of Directors for the Tyler County Farm Bureau and has been on the county’s Republican Executive Committee for several years. He loves working with kids; his favorite activity with the Farm Bureau is their yearly safety day where he teaches electrical safety to fifth graders.
“I believe the safety and well-being of our citizens and first responders is of utmost importance. I am also concerned about our youth, economic development, seniors, and veterans. We also need to do what we can to bring the county into the 21st century with cell service and internet.”
“This is an opportunity I am really excited about. It would be such an honor to use my leadership and experience to serve Tyler County. Your support would be appreciated.”
Visit Mike on his facebook page @mikesmithforcommissioner