Smitty’s Story

Thurston Smith, known to most as “Smitty,” has been a longtime advocate for our region. Smitty has worked hard to reduce burdensome regulations because he knows firsthand how they affect businesses. In 1988, Smitty started his own small business working as a concrete pumping contractor in the High Desert.

A devout family man and Christian, Smitty has been married to Margaret for over 33 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 in order to help local students achieve their educational ambitions.

Fed up with increasingly burdensome regulations on his own small business in California, Smitty felt compelled to get involved in local government and be an advocate for fellow small business owners and taxpayers. In 2006, Smitty’s neighbors elected him to the Hesperia City Council where he served two terms and was appointed by his peers three times to serve as Mayor.

On the Hesperia City Council, Smitty championed government reform, cut government waste, and advocated for transportation infrastructure projects like the Ranchero Interchange on Interstate 15. His record on the Council was one of getting results for his neighbors. Smitty was instrumental in the completion of the Hesperia Civic Plaza Park and he worked with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s department to help reduce crime in the City.

Thurston “Smitty” Smith and his wife, Margaret, have been residents of the 33rd Assembly District for over three decades. Smitty understands the challenges and opportunities of our region. He has held leadership posts in the local chamber of commerce, Victor Valley College Foundation, Hesperia Kiwanis, Desert Valley Hospital, and numerous other civic and faith-based groups in the High Desert. As a community leader and taxpayer advocate, Thurston “Smitty” Smith is well positioned to be our voice in the California State Assembly.

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Smitty pumping concrete in the Victor Valley in 1995

Economy and Jobs

It’s no secret the 33rd Assembly District is in desperate need of good-paying jobs. In fact, over 82,000 of High Desert workers are commuting down up and down the Cajon Pass. As a small businessman, I know how to work with the private sector to bring more jobs to the region. We must also continue to push for more career technical training programs in our local high schools and community colleges. In order to be successful, our students must have the skills that employers are seeking.


Veterans

We must protect our Nation’s heroes. In March, Governor Newsom wanted to put the Barstow Veterans’ Home on the budget chopping-block. I stood with Assemblyman Jay Obernolte, Mayor Hackbarth-McIntyre and the residents saying “no” and attending a grassroots effort from the community to lobby against the closure of the Veterans’ home – and won. Sacramento politicians often let Veterans go forgotten – rest assured that I will not forget about their sacrifices to our Nation.


Protecting our Neighborhoods

While out-of-touch Sacramento politicians are busy calling for the defunding of local police departments, convicted felons are being released early from prison. Even worse, now they’re pushing to eliminate cash bail, a move that would prevent many repeat offenders from serving a single day in jail. As a local mayor, I implemented tough-on-crime policies that decreased violent offenses across the board. In the State Assembly, I will protect local law enforcement funding and fight to keep dangerous felons off our streets and behind bars.

Fighting Taxes and Bureaucracy

Taxes are shredding the budgets of California families. Our neighbors are over-taxed and under-serviced by their state government. Have you noticed how many job creators have fled California for cheaper states like Arizona, Texas and Nevada? Every year, the State Legislature and our Governor pass new taxes and regulations that make it harder and harder for small businesses to survive. We must pump the brakes on this insanity and stop the Sacramento special interests from fleecing our pockets. It’s time that California legislators live within their means.


Standing Up for Prop 13

Proposition 13, the landmark initiative that protects homeowners from property tax increases, is once again on the chopping block. It’s no secret that establishment politicians have long coveted removing Proposition 13 protections to pay for their fiscal mismanagement. I won’t back down from my commitment to keeping Proposition 13 on the books. We shouldn’t balance our budget on the backs of homeowners.


Defending the 2nd Amendment

As a proud member of the National Rifleman’s Association (NRA), I believe that all law-abiding citizens should have the right to own a firearm. Subversive efforts to undermine this right violate the U.S. Constitution. I will oppose any and all attempts to infringe on our 2nd Amendment rights.

Improving Our Local Roads and Highways

After years of neglect, our infrastructure has fallen into disrepair. Sacramento politicians continually raid our road repair funds to cover their wasteful spending elsewhere in the budget. California has the highest gas taxes in the county, yet our region receives very little of the benefit. As your Assemblyman, I will fight to bring more transportation State funds for our local communities.


Restore Local Control for Our Students

Our education system is in trouble. California ranks near the bottom when it comes to public education. That is not acceptable. I fully support returning spending and curriculum decisions to the local school boards – not Sacramento bureaucrats. California has a track record of failure for our students and I remain committed to local control of education and parental choice.


Homelessness

The State has spent nearly $3 billion over the last two years to address the growing homeless problem, yet the problem has only worsened in our community. The establishment politicians in Sacramento refuse to do anything besides throw more money at the problem. It’s clearly not working. Instead, we should be looking at reforming our mental health laws by making it easier for conservatorships to be granted in court.

Endorsements

Congressman Col. Paul Cook (ret.)

California State Senator Scott Wilk

California State Senator & BOE Member George Runner (ret.)

California State Senator Bob Dutton (ret.)

San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood

San Bernardino County Supervisor Dawn Rowe

Apple Valley Mayor Scott Nassif

Apple Valley Mayor Pro Tem Curt Emick

Apple Valley Councilwoman Kari Leon

Apple Valley Councilman Art Bishop

Apple Valley Councilman Larry Cusack

Adelanto Mayor Gabriel Reyes

Adelanto Councilwoman Joy Jeannette

Adelanto Councilman Ed Camargo

Hesperia Mayor Larry Bird

Hesperia Mayor Pro Tem Cameron Gregg

Hesperia Councilman Bill Holland

Hesperia Councilmember Rebecca Swanson

Hesperia Councilmember Bridget Bennington

Victorville Mayor Gloria Garcia

Victorville Mayor Terry Caldwell (ret.)

Victorville Mayor Ryan McEachron (ret.)

Victorville Councilmember Jim Cox

Victorville Councilmember Debra Jones

Barstow Mayor Julie Hackbarth-McIntyre

Barstow Councilmember Tim Silva

Needles Mayor Jeff Williams

Big Bear Lake Mayor Pro Tem Randall Putz

Mojave Water Agency Vice President Jim Ventura

Mojave Water Agency Board Member Kimberly Cox

Mojave Water Agency Board Member Jeanette Hayhurst

Mojave Water Agency President Carl Coleman

Mojave Water Agency Board Member Richard Hall

Victor Valley Community College President Joseph W. Brady

Hesperia Unified School District Board Member Eric Swanson

Hesperia Parks and Recreation District Board Member Bob Chandler

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

Senator George Runner (ret.)

"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

“An effective leader for our region.”

Supervisor Robert Lovingood
“A tough tax fighter for California.”
Mayor Larry Bird

“Dedicated to creating jobs for our region.”

Businesswoman Shannon Shannon

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