Jackie Smith has been named to take the seat recently vacated by Harry Lasser on the DeKalb County Election Commission. Smith, a Smithville resident, is a former school teacher and current State Farm Insurance Agent.
"I’m really excited about this," smith told the Review. "It’s a new chapter, a new adventure in my life, and I take it very seriously. One of the things my father taught me was that the right to vote is one of the most important things we have, and that it should be guarded closely. I’m very honored to be doing this."
Smith will fill the seat left open by the resignation of Lasser, who had served since 2011. She will serve out the remainder of Lasser’s term, which expires in April, 2107, as one of two democratic members of the election commission.
The other democratic member is Hearon Puckett, while Commission Chairman Walteen Parker, Barbara Vanatta, and Jim Dean represent the Republican Party on the commission. Election commission members serve two-year terms.
Appointments to local election commissions are made by the state election commission. Since the state legislature is made up of a Republican majority, Republicans are allowed to hold majority memberships on the state and county election commissions.