Former Republican state representative and 2012 gubernatorial candidate Kevin Smith said “government truly begins at a local level.” (APRIL GUILMET PHOTO)
Londonderry Town Manager Kevin Smith discovers his bliss locally
Smith, 36, says that although he never imagined himself in the role of town manager, it now seems the natural progression for a career that has included state and federal service.
The married father of three said his interest in public service and politics began at a very young age, and he decided to run for a state representative seat when he was just barely out of high school.
“I jumped right into it,” he said, though after serving for a single term he decided to back away from politics to focus on completing his college degree.
His parents have lived in Londonderry since 1986, and Smith said his father, Bruce, has always been one of his greatest role models.
Smith said he wouldn’t have considered such a role “in any town other than Londonderry,” though he had ruled out running for public office several months before submitting his application.
With many changes now under way in Londonderry, Smith said he hasn’t had much spare time to question his decision.
“This is certainly an exciting time to be in Londonderry,” he said. “We have two of the state’s largest developments happening right here, and this town has a great vision for the future.”
He’s still learning the ropes, but he said his most pressing concern is bringing those two projects to fruition, while making sure the town remains a great place to live for all its residents.
With his days of campaigning now over, Smith said it’s been refreshing to step back from politics and focus on the tasks at hand from a nonpartisan seat.