The True Character Of Phil Smartt

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

           I am a senior at East Hamilton High School and the granddaughter of Phil Smartt, who is seeking election as Hamilton County Commissioner in District 7. I have never been involved so closely in politics as I am now, and it has truly been an eye-opening experience to see the character of some of the candidates running in District 7. Today I am writing to give you a glimpse into the character of my grandfather a.k.a my “papa.”

            Being one of Phil Smartt’s 29 grandchildren I know first-hand the type of person my papa is and the life he leads. Growing up I can remember the countless hours I enjoyed and continue to enjoy at my grandparents' house, spending the night, riding the four wheeler, eating ice cream, laughing and watching movies. The older I have grown, love and support has been shown in innumerable ways. Every summer my grandparents take the graduating seniors of the family on a special trip, they attend as many sporting events as time permits, and every Sunday you can guarantee there will be grandchildren over at their house. My papa has encouraged me to further my education, and because of his influence I will be attending Brigham Young University in the fall. He encourages me to date boys with high standards and to lead a life that is pleasing to God.

Not only is he involved in his grandchildrens' lives, but he is heavily involved in the community.  He currently teaches my 16-18 year-old Sunday School class in our church.  Each Sunday is a new and invigorating lesson. Not only does he know his religion, but he lives it.  Just last summer he returned from a two-year mission trip in Bosnia. He gave up his business, left his family, and friends to go and serve the Lord for two years at his own expense. What does this show you about the character of my papa?

            To see not only my religion, but my papa’s religion attacked publicly by his opponent’s campaign was disheartening to say the least.  After reading and seeing claims saying that my grandfather is not a Christian because he is a “Mormon”  (a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) was a falsified act to try and gain votes based on one's religious affirmations.  If anyone has exemplified Christian beliefs and lived a Christ-like life, it is my grandfather. The worst part of it all was that the campaign who made these falsified claims never publicly apologized for their wholly inappropriate post. What does this tell you about his opponent’s character?

            If anyone is willing to sacrifice their time and effort as County Commissioner, it is my papa, Phil Smartt.  He will be able to give his full attention to this position as he is retired.  Phil Smartt will be the ONLY candidate that can devote full time as County Commissioner, he is the man for the job.

Madison Ward

East Hamilton High School Senior



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