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Announcement of candidacy for re-election

Here’s the press release I sent out a little while back to announce that I’m running for re-election. It’s appeared in The Oak Ridge Observer and on Oak Ridge Today, but I haven’t seen it in The Oak Ridger yet.

Oak Ridge City Council member Ellen Smith, who was first elected to Council in 2007, has announced her candidacy for re-election in the November 6, 2012, city election.

In announcing her candidacy, Ellen Smith said: “It has been both an honor and a significant responsibility to serve Oak Ridge’s citizenry as one of the city’s elected leaders. I hope that my work over the last five years has justified the citizens’ trust, and that Oak Ridge voters will choose me for another term in office.”

She commented: “In 2009, the members of City Council drafted a vision statement that said we want Oak Ridge to be ‘a highly sought after community for people of all ages to live, work, play and do business.’ Add to that a concern for people, a concern for fairness, a conviction that government decisionmaking should be transparent to the public, and a never-ending pursuit of value for the public’s money, and you’ll have a pretty good summary of what guides my government actions.”

Ellen Smith is an environmental scientist on the research staff in the Environmental Sciences Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Originally from Connecticut, she is a graduate of Carleton College (Minnesota), where she majored in geology, and she holds a master’s degree in water resources management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She and her husband, Rich Norby, have lived in Oak Ridge since 1981. They have one adult son who was born and raised here and attended Oak Ridge Schools.

Before her election to City Council, Ellen was a 16-year member of the city Environmental Qjuality Advisory Board (EQAB), serving for several years as its chairman. She represented EQAB and later the City on the Board of Directors of the Local Oversight Committee, chairing that body from 2007 until 2011.

She is a member of organizations including the League of Women Voters and Altrusa, and is a founding member of both Keep Anderson County Beautiful and Advocates for the Oak Ridge Reservation, on whose boards she serves.

As a City Council member, she has added to her understanding of local government and worked to build connections with other communities through conferences and other activities of the National League of Cities and the Tennessee Municipal League, as well as by completing Level 1 of the Municipal Technical Advisory Service’s Elected Officials Academy and several additional classes. Currently she is participating actively in the five-county Plan ET regional initiative.

Some of her earlier volunteer civic activities include being a charter member and officer of the East Tennessee Chapter of the Association for Women in Science in the 1980s; participation in the 1992-1993 Greenways Task Force that developed a master plan for what is now the city greenway network, the 1992-1994 Lower East Fork Poplar Creek Citizens Working Group, and a late 1990s city task force that investigated and made recommendations on karst problems; and service as a volunteer leader in Linden School Cub Scout Pack 226.

Ellen’s website at www.ellensmith.org provides information about the candidate and her current campaign, as well as blog postings and other commentary posted over the 8 years since the website was established.

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