Meet Smitty

A Regular Guy with a Big Job. 

Thurston “Smitty” Smith is a constitutional conservative who believes in our forefathers' vision to protect liberties and uphold the Constitution. For the past two decades, Smitty has been a small businessman and currently serves as a Republican in the California State Assembly.

A devout family man and Christian, Smitty has been married to Margaret for over 35 years, and they have raised two children together in Hesperia. In 2007, their youngest son, Brandon, tragically lost his life in an off-road motorcycle accident in the California desert. This tragedy led Smitty and his wife to establish the “Brandon E. Smith Memorial Scholarship” with the Victor Valley College Foundation to help local students achieve their educational ambitions.

After two decades pumping concrete in the Southern California desert and watching middle-class families struggle under the radical left’s job-killing agenda, Smitty decided it was time to make a difference. In 2006, Smitty’s neighbors elected him to serve as Hesperia’s Mayor, where he served two terms.

In November 2020, Smitty was elected to the California State Assembly. During his tenure in the Assembly, Smitty took on the special interests by fighting government waste, fraud, and abuse. He also fought against the defund the police movement and advocated to increase resources available to our law enforcement officers. In addition to backing our police, Smitty is fighting industrial-grade illegal cannabis grow operations, often cartel-run, to keep rural communities like ours safe.

As a small businessman and concrete contractor, Smitty has spent decades creating jobs. He knows that cutting government spending and taxes will drive down our ever-increasing inflation and grow our economy.

Thurston “Smitty” Smith and his wife Margaret have been residents of the San Bernardino County High Desert for three decades. He understands the challenges and opportunities for our region. Smitty is well-positioned to be our common-sense voice in the California State Assembly as our conservative leader.

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Smitty pumping concrete in 1995

Endorsements

Congressman Jay Obernolte

Senator Mike Morrell (ret.)

Assemblyman Frank Bigelow

San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon Dicus

San Bernardino County District Attorney Jason Anderson

San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman

San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Vice Chair Dawn Rowe

San Bernardino County Supervisor Col. Paul Cook (ret.)

San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood (ret.)

San Bernardino County Assessor-Recorder Bob Dutton

Apple Valley Mayor Kari Leon

Apple Valley Mayor Pro Tem Art Bishop

Apple Valley Councilmember Larry Cusack

Apple Valley Councilmember Scott Nassif

Apple Valley Councilmember Curt Emick

Hesperia Mayor Bridget Bennington

Hesperia Mayor Pro Tem Bill Holland

Hesperia Councilmember Larry Bird

Hesperia Councilmember Cameron Gregg

Hesperia Councilmember Rebekah Swanson

Highland Mayor Larry McCallon

Highland Mayor Pro Tem Penny Lilburn

Big Bear Lake Mayor Rick Herrick

Barstow Mayor Dr. Paul Courtney

Barstow Mayor Julie Hackbarth-McIntyre (ret.)

Adelanto Mayor Gabriel Reyes

Twentynine Palms Mayor Karmolette O'Gilvie

Twentynine Palms Mayor Pro Tem McArthur Wright

Twentynine Palms Councilmember Joel Klink

Victorville Mayor Debra Jones

Victorville Mayor Terry Caldwell (ret.)

Victorville Mayor Ryan McEachron (ret.)

Victorville Councilmember Liz Becerra

Mojave Water Agency President Jim Ventura

"Sacramento changes a lot of people. It hasn't changed Smitty."
Congressman Jay Obernolte
“Tough as nails on crime.”
San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon DIcus

"Smitty will support San Bernardino County’s law enforcement and fight against harmful legislation impacting the safety of our communities."

Sgt. Grant Ward, SEBA President

"I trust Smitty to remain committed to advocating on behalf of taxpayers and small businesses."

Senator George Runner (ret.)

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