Judy Smith announces candidacy for property assessor’s position
Judy Smith of Troy has announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Obion County Assessor of Property in the Feb. 5 primary election.
A veteran of 28 years’ service in the assessor’s office, Mrs. Smith, 50, currently serves as chief deputy assessor.
The property assessor’s office assesses for tax and other purposes all real and personal property in the county.
“I have the qualifications to serve in that capacity,” she said. “Through the state Division of Property Assessments, I have received continuous training. I am certified in laws and essentials and basic mapping.
“As chief deputy, I assist the Obion County Board of Equalization at its annual meeting.”
The daughter of Ruth King of Troy and the late Jimmy King, Mrs. Smith is married to Timothy Smith, a Goodyear associate of 31 years.
She has a son, Todd, 10, a fifth-grader at Hillcrest Elementary School; a daughter, Allison Baldwin, wife of Brandon Baldwin of Troy; a grandson, Elijah Baldwin, 5; a stepson, Timothy Smith of Millington, a step-daughter-in-law Kathy Smith; and two step-granddaughters, Ashley and Amber Smith.
Mrs. Smith, a 1975 graduate of Obion County Central High School, earned an associate’s degree at Dyersburg State Community College in 1977.
She is a member of Troy First Baptist Church, where she is treasurer of its budget and finance committee and assists with the children’s choir. She is also a member of Hillcrest Parent-Teacher Organization.
“I am qualified to be property assessor for several reasons,” Mrs. Smith said. “I have 28 years’ experience; I’ve been trained to do the job. I can do the job efficiently. I’ve met probably most of the property owners in the county,” she said. “I have a good track record and I’m very proud of it.
“There have been many changes in the assessor’s office, such as the computer system which gives the public access to our appraisal records on the Internet. More changes are coming. The county is currently undergoing a reappraisal which will be effective in 2008.
“I am ready to accept these challenges.” Published in The Messenger 12.17.07