Will Smith is running for the Buchanan District seat on the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors. Smith lives in Springwood and has a small cattle farm. He graduated from James River in 1990 and has lived in the Buchanan area most of his life. He has worked at ESA Nightvision (formerly ITT) since 1999. He’s also a member of Valley View Baptist Church.
When asked why Smith agreed to run for the seat, Smith said, “For too long our representatives have ignored their oath of office, which is to the Constitution, not their party and certainly not to special interest groups. The Constitutions of Virginia and the United States were written to limit the civil government. I will never vote yes on anything that is unconstitutional or that steps outside of the supervisor’s proper place.”
Smith believes that taxes are too high and that Botetourt residents were led to believe that the development in the Daleville area would lead to a reduction of our tax bill. The development is ongoing, but taxes have yet to go down.
He sees children at risk to the proposed “gender neutral” and transgender curriculum requirements that are currently taught in Northern Virginia public schools and being implemented through state legislation. Unless voters proactively oppose this curriculum, Smith believes that it will surely be introduced in Botetourt schools. Smith also stands against radical revisions of history that he claims are already being taught in counties in Virginia, like the 1619 Project and all forms of Critical Race Theory.
Smith said he stands for American’s rights and encourages all other elected representatives and civil servants to do the same. He is a lifetime member of Gun Owners of America as well as a member of VCDL (Virginia Citizens Defense League).
Smith claims the Apex/Rocky Forge windmill project is an example of “how Richmond meddles in local politics.” While Smith believes Apex delays and misses deadlines time and again, he also believes that representatives on the Board of Supervisors ask questions and do not push back despite citizens continuing to write protest letters and make protest speeches to the board month after month.
Smith states, “I will represent my neighbors, friends, and family in the Buchanan district, not the politicians in Richmond. I will interpose on behalf of We the People. Our liberties are under attack and I am here to help restore them. If we do not recover our freedom, we will soon be in worse shape than when we seceded from England.”
He asserts, “What this and all other elections come down to is: ‘What is the proper role of government?’ I believe in a small government that still understands its place as a servant to the citizens and not the other way around, and the best way to serve the citizens is to obey the Bible and the Virginia and US Constitutions.”