It is a privilege for me as Steve Smith's pastor and friend to recommend him for election as public defender. Steve is the kind of person of high character and integrity whom we should all want in public leadership today. Steve and his wife, Mary, have established their home with their four children in the secure manner of love and devotion to Christian principles and support for each other which is a foundation of hope for the future of our country.
Steve had excellent qualifications, having served as an assistant district attorney, but is also one who live his daily life as a member of his church council, is a gardener, and one who recently took his 12-year-old daughter on a motorcycle trip from Chattanooga to Dallas as a special time for them together. He is a leader who cares deeply that all persons who come into the courts system are treated fairly. I know we will be happy to have such a person in this significant position.