Steve Smith Announces Candidacy For Hamilton County Public Defender

Monday, December 2, 2013

Steve Smith on Monday officially announced his decision to enter the race for Hamilton County District public defender. Mr. Smith is running for the Republican nomination in the May 6 primary to ultimately face the Democratic incumbent in the 2014 general election.

Ardena Garth is the incumbent.

"It's been a privilege to serve our citizens in the criminal justice system for over a decade, both as retained defense counsel and as assistant district attorney in the Hamilton County District Attorney's office," said Mr.
Smith. "My experience, coupled with an unflinching commitment to effectiveness and efficiency, qualify me to serve as your next public defender, and I humbly ask for your vote."

Since 2006, Mr. Smith has served as assistant district attorney general for Hamilton County, managing various felony and misdemeanor cases before the General Sessions Court, the grand jury, and the county Criminal Courts. Mr. Smith is licensed to practice law in the state courts of Tennessee and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee where he has represented and advised clients in both civil and criminal cases.

Mr. Smith's extensive experience working with the criminally accused, victims, witnesses, and law enforcement officials has impressed on him the critical need for a properly functioning criminal justice system. Particularly, Smith calls for a return to a focus on protections afforded to all in the U.S. and Tennessee constitutions.

"The framers of our constitution did not leave the public's legal protections to chance," said Mr. Smith. "The Sixth Amendment guarantee of a speedy and fair trial for all, as well as the assistance of counsel, are rights I am dedicated to protect."

Mr. Smith graduated from Cecil C. Humpreys School of Law at the University of Memphis with a Juris Doctor degree in 2001. He later became an adjunct professor of legal studies at Bryan College where he continues to teach. Before attending law school, Mr. Smith worked as a professional geologist with the General Physics Corporation at the Arnold Engineering Development Center after receiving a Bachelor of Science in geology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is also an alumnus of Red Bank High School.

Mr. Smith currently serves as a board member of the Administrative Council for the Signal Mountain United Methodist Church and previously served on the Board for Family Promise of Greater Chattanooga.

Mr. Smith, 40, and his wife, Mary, have been married for 17 years and live on Signal Mountain with their four children: Emma, Clara, Willa, and Duncan.

Early voting for Hamilton County District Public Defender runs from April 16 to May 1, leading up to the county primary election on Tuesday, May 6. The general election is Thursday, Aug. 7.

Win Set Of Chattanooga Old Photo Books Published By Chattanoogan.com

Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Hamilton County Has No New Virus Deaths, 64 More Cases


You can win a set of all the books in the Chattanooga Photo Series of old Chattanooga photos in a contest sponsored by Chattanoogan.com, publisher of the books. The books include Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: ADAMS, BRANDON LEWIS 3406 TEN OAKS DR CHATTANOOGA, 37412 Age at Arrest: 37 years old Arresting Agency: Tenn Highway Patrol DRIVING ... (click for more)

Hamilton County had 64 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the total to 43,559. There have been no more deaths from the virus, and the total is at 483 in the county. The Tennessee ... (click for more)



Breaking News

Win Set Of Chattanooga Old Photo Books Published By Chattanoogan.com

You can win a set of all the books in the Chattanooga Photo Series of old Chattanooga photos in a contest sponsored by Chattanoogan.com, publisher of the books. The books include Chattanooga in Old Photos, The Remarkable Stokes Collection, Railroads in and Around Chattanooga and Paul Hiener's Historic Chattanooga. Chattanooga in Old Photos includes almost 300 pages. ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Arrest Report

Here is the latest Hamilton County arrest report: ADAMS, BRANDON LEWIS 3406 TEN OAKS DR CHATTANOOGA, 37412 Age at Arrest: 37 years old Arresting Agency: Tenn Highway Patrol DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE IMPLIED CONSENT LAW - DRIVERS --- AGNEW MITCHAM, ALONZO JAWARA 4713 BONNY OAKS DR CHATTANOOGA, 374163868 Age at Arrest: 25 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Opinion

Mr. Coolidge Fought The Good Fight

The Chattanooga High School Alumni Association extends our deepest sympathy to the family of Mr. Coolidge. He was a member of the CHS Class of 1939 and a true Dynamo for life. RIP, Mr. Coolidge, you surely fought the good fight. When the Alumni Association decided to establish a CHS Hall of Fame it was also determined to create a special honor, first person chosen for the Hall ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Biden’s Reach Too Far

Okay, let me be the first to say it: What President Joe Biden and his far-Left advisors have allowed to happen at our Mexican Border seems to be substantial evidence the sometimes-addled “Uncle Joe” may well be unfit to be the leader of our country. You gasp and say, no, he’s doing his best on the behalf of over 20,000 unaccompanied children who are the victims of poverty, desperation, ... (click for more)

Sports

Vols Baseball Drops Series Opener To #2 Vanderbilt

No. 3 Tennessee was unable to get the bats going against Vanderbilt ace Kumar Rocker, dropping Friday night's series opener, 5-0, against the second-ranked Commodores in front of an electric crowd at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Rocker improved to 8-1 on the year after throwing seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out eight batters. Vols' ... (click for more)

Mocs' Beach Volleyball Downs Austin Peay For First DI, OVC Victory In Program History

he duo senior Baylee Young and freshman Jordan Krege earned their sixth-straight victory as the top pair and helped clinch the Chattanooga Mocs beach volleyball program's first ever NCAA DI and Ohio Valley Conference win during a 3-2 decision over Austin Peay on Saturday in Jacksonville, Ala. Chattanooga moves to 1-1 in OVC and 2-7 overall play after the win. The Mocs dropped ... (click for more)