David Smith

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Incumbent

Background

Smith was previously the deputy director of environmental health for the New York State Department of Health. Smith formerly served as a member on the Cave Creek budget committee, water advisory committee, and planning commission. He also served as chair of the planning commission. He currently serves on the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council [1]. 

Smith has served on the Cave Creek City Council for 3 consecutive terms, first elected as council member in 2016. He was elected to be Vice Mayor on the council in 2018. He was re-elected in 2020, and currently serves in that position [2].

Key Issues

Water

Smith stated that there are multiple issues with the current proprietary water system in Cave Creek and is committed to investing in solving them. During his time on city council, Smith has helped direct money towards the Cave Creek water system [1]. He wants to find ways that Cave Creek can restrict its water usage, reducing it incrementally over time [6].

Public Safety

In 2020, Smith voiced possible concerns about a “sheer wall” on a specific area on Cave Creek Road and suggested creating a trail and putting pedestrian/crossing signs up for drivers to keep residents safe [2]. Smith supports previously existing services provided by the Daisy Mountain Fire Department [6].

Infrastructure

Smith wants to prioritize the infrastructure needs of Cave Creek and ensure that water systems and roads are maintained efficiently. He believes in promoting low density residential development and building while maintaining open space and town heritage [3].

Economy

Smith does not support a property tax [3].

Endorsements

Sonoran News

Sources

1 Maricopa Association of Governments  
2 The Foothills Focus 
3 SonoranNews 
4 Linkedin 
5 SonoranNews
6 AZ Central
7 The Foothills Focus