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Alamo council candidate Roger Smith

Roger Smith has spent the last 12 years on the Alamo Improvement Association's Planning Committee, eight of those as chairman, and has been on its board for 15 years. Now, the Alamo business owner is setting his sights on Town Council. "I feel I have a body of knowledge and a body of work that makes me a strong candidate."

Smith has said he is not opposed to incorporation, but he isn't certain it is the correct path for Alamo at this time. "A number of Alamo residents believe in less government, not more government. I know I am carefully reviewing all of the information available before I make a final decision," he stated.

If Alamo becomes a town March 3, Smith said he feels the new Town Council must reach out to residents. "It will need to be inclusive and work to resolve any remaining divisiveness." He sees himself as a calming influence on the council who could keep people focused on the issues. He wants to keep existing organizations intact because their members have gained a lot of experience serving Alamo.

Smith said the council will also have to soon address how the new town will repay the $3 million owed to the county in the revenue neutrality agreement. "We will need to take steps to determine how best to make that payment. I would prefer to pay it off in steps."

More about the candidate

BA degree in business administration, finance and management; business owner; 15-year resident of Alamo; two grown children were raised in Alamo; coached numerous youth teams; served on Round Hill Country Club Swim Team Board

Web site: SmithAlamo.org

— Dolores Fox Ciardelli and Geoff Gillette

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