Steve Smith Is The Kind Of Man We Need In Office - And Response

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I am not an attorney.  I have no professional relationship with Steve Smith.  I don't know anything about the roles and responsibilities of the office of pubic defender.  I simply know the man and his family.  

Steve and I serve together on the Administrative Council at Signal Mountain United Methodist Church.  Steve is a family man, a thoughtful person, and one of sound judgment and high character.  He's the kind of person we need in public office.  

The folks of Hamilton County will be doing themselves a favor by voting for Steve Smith.

Shane Beasley

Signal Mountain

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I am a new attorney. I never thought I would be doing criminal defense work. Steve Smith changed my mind. I met Steve about a year ago, through his wife, Mary. We talked about law, specifically criminal law. He was easy to talk to, he was very knowledgeable, so eager to help, and he did not even know me! 

Since that talk I have been practicing law in Hamilton County. I remember thinking that Steve Smith would be a great mentor to any new lawyer and how lucky I was that I had met him. I know that Steve will do an excellent job running Public Defender’s Office. He has that type of personality that makes it so easy to talk to him, you just want to trust him from the moment you meet him. 

Steve has an excellent reputation with many attorneys and judges. He is a hard worker and a natural leader. Steve has seen both sides; he has been a defense attorney and a prosecutor. Steve as a public defender is going to do great things for indigent defendants accused of crimes. I cannot see anyone else who would be better suited for this office. 

I live in Georgia, but just this one time I wish I lived in Hamilton County, Tn., so I could vote for him. Cast your vote for the best candidate, vote for Steve Smith. 

Manzura S. Talipova-Weldy


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