Ralph J. Smith

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Incumbent

Background

Ralph Smith received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from St. Paul’s College and also studied at George Washington University and George Mason University. Smith is a former Senior Executive and Branch Manager for the US Social Security Administration and is currently retired [2, 5, 6, 7, 11].

Smith is the Chief Election Official of the Round Precinct in Manassas, past President of the Prince William Branch of NAACP, and a member of the American Red Cross Board of Directors. He has received the Prince William County Human Rights Award and has been recognized in the Library of Congress for community service [2, 4, 5, 7, 11].

Smith was appointed as Interim City Council Member in 2019 and was elected to City Council in 2020. On City Council, Smith was appointed to serve as the Finance Committee Chair, on the Appointments Committee, as the Historic Resources Board Liaison, Virginia Railway Express, and COG Region Forward [2, 5, 8, 11].

Key Issues

COVID-19

Smith seeks to continue equitable recovery from the pandemic and have quality city services by providing a public health perspective [4].

Women's Rights

Smith aims to ensure that women have access to maternal health services [4].

Economy

Smith aims to ensure competitive pay and career advancement for city government workforce. He seeks to emphasize tourism and support for local businesses [4].

Education

Smith plans to work with school board members to support schools [4, 6].

Housing

Smith plans to work on expanding workforce housing opportunities [6].

Endorsements

Cydny A. Neville, Town of Dumfries Councilwoman; Democratic Party of Manassas

Sources

1 Ralph Smith for Manassas City Council
2 Manassas Virginia
3 Facebook
4 Manassas City Democrats
5 Prince William Times – Manassas City Council
6 Prince William Times – Vasquez Luna, Smith, Jagadev
7 Inside Nova
8 Potomac Local News
9 VPAP
10 Virginia Department of Elections
11 WTOP