Les Smith Jr

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger

Background

Les Smith Jr. earned his B.S. in business administration from St. Paul’s College in 1983 and later earned an M.S. in human resources management from the University of Richmond. For 28 years, Smith served as a deputy lieutenant with the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Department. He now volunteers with several programs, including the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice and New Chesapeake Men for Progress [2]. Smith is the Founder of the Ground Zero Development Program to support young men in the Chesapeake community [1].

Key Issues

Government

Smith is in favor of government transparency [3]. He also wants to improve living wages for city government [1].

Infrastructure

Smith supports infrastructure for entertainment and recreation [1].

Transportation

Smith wants to raise awareness about the benefits of public transit in Hampton Roads and advocates for safety in transportation [1].

Civil Rights

Smith is an advocate for inclusivity, diversity, and justice [1].

Endorsements

Chesapeake Democratic Committee; Lionell Spruill, Virginia Senator, 5th District; Dwight Parker, Chesapeake City Councilman; Chesapeake Education Assembly

Sources

1 Les Smith For Office
2 Ballotpedia
3 Facebook
Chesapeake Democratic Committee
5 Chesapeake Education Assembly