Former Republican legislator Vance C. Smith Jr. wants to go back to the Georgia House of Representatives.
In a message posted on his wife Michelle’s Facebook page Saturday afternoon, Smith announced that he intends to be a candidate for State House District 133 in 2018. That post is being vacated by Rep. John Pezold, R-Columbus, who defeated incumbent Kip Smith — the Pine Mountain businessman’s son — in the Republican primary in 2012.
At the end of the 2017 Georgia General Assembly, Pezold — who has held the seat for three consecutive two-year terms — announced that he would not be a candidate for re-election next year.
In 2009, Vance Smith, a former member of the Georgia House Transportation Committee, was elected Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation, overseeing a $2 billion annual budget and around 5,000 employees. He resigned that position unexpectedly in 2011.
Smith was a member of the Harris County Board of Commissioners for four years and served one term as chairman. He held the Georgia House District 129 post for 17 years serving a district that included Muscogee, Harris and Troup counties. Those are the same counties that now make up District 133.
A graduate of Columbus State University, Smith was the owner of Smith Construction Company, a family-owned business. He is the father of three adult children.
His formal announcement follows: