Who is Jack Smith

Like many others who call Cary home, Jack Smith is a 'transplant to the area' when he accepted a job opportunity in RTP & moved his family here from Boston in 1986. Jack has held vice president level positions in both Fortune and NASDAQ 25 companies. In 2001 he founded Organizational Capability Services, LLC, a leader in competency management practices and executive recruitment.

Jack Smith has served as the District C Cary Town Council representative for twenty four years, including eight as Mayor Pro Tem. He is a member of both the Cary and Wake County Economic Development Commissions. He is the liaison to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, PAAB and Sister Cities of Cary. He represents Cary on the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Board and the Wake County Growth Issues Task Force.

Active in the community, he has received numerous accolades including: 2006 - Sister Cities International Local Government Leadership Circle, 2010 - Cary Chamber Citizen of the Year and 2012 - SCAC Citizen Diplomacy Award.

Jack is a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and belongs to the American Legion. He is a speaker for the NC National Kidney Foundation on the merits of being an organ donor & in 2009 served as the Honorary Chair of the annual RTP Kidney walk.

Jack graduated from the University of Oklahoma and is a veteran, having served in the US Army as a Cavalry Troop Commander, attaining the rank of Captain. He is a graduate of both the Leadership Triangle and Institute of Political Leadership programs. He and wife of 39 years, Bridget, have 2 children and 2 grandchildren.


Election Day Is Tuesday, October 8th

Polls are open from 6:30 AM until 7:30 PM.

Cary's October 8th Election Day is a month earlier than most of our neighboring municipalities. It is on the same day as our School Board elections and the Wake County School bond referendum.

Early voting in Cary is at the Herb Young Community Center and begins Wednesday 10/2 and ends on Saturday 10/5. Wednesday through Friday hours are 11am to 7pm. Saturday is from 10am to 1pm.

If don't know where you need to go to cast your vote, or if you want additional information on early voting, absentee voting, or have any other questions contact the Wake County Board of Elections at (919) 856-6240.


Contact Jack

Jack has always welcomed people contacting him to get information, to get help with their own or neighborhood problems, or just to talk. Feel free to contact him about Town matters or to offer help with his campaign.

Jack can be reached by phone: (919) 816-0999

by email:

or by postal mail: 104 Cricket Lane, Cary, NC 27518

Help Re-elect Jack

To contribute, checks should be made out to: 'Jack Smith Campaign' and can be mailed to:

The Jack Smith Campaign
D. Forvendel, Treasurer
109 Canyon Run
Cary, NC 27513-2833

State Election Law requires contributors to disclose their occupation or employer. Political contributions are not tax deductible. The campaign can only accept personal checks. Paid for by The Jack Smith Campaign.

To volunteer to help at early voting or on Election Day at a polling location please email me at:


A Message From Jack

Dear Neighbor,

Thank you for allowing me the privilege of serving you these past twenty four years. I am again seeking your support as I believe; now more than ever before, we have many challenges facing our community.

Responsible growth, fiscal management and economic development are the cornerstones of my campaign platform. But at the end of the day this election is about trust, respect and leadership.

My style of leadership is to bring people together, to find common ground and move our community forward. It is an approach that has served me well in providing our neighborhoods with solutions to their concerns.

My priorities remain as they have always been. Manage where and how quickly Cary grows so we never lose our small town charm and neighborhood friendly values. Protect our quality of life by keeping our neighborhoods safe while maintaining a town budget that lives within our means.

Today, with my leadership, Cary can be proud of its nationally recognized parks and recreation programs, its commitment to the environment and open space, its innovative public-private partnerships and its fiscal discipline that boasts a healthy cash reserve, AAA ratings and the lowest tax rate in Wake County. It's a formula that continues to attract domestic and international companies resulting in 1200 high paying jobs this year alone.

My pledge to you remains the same as it was in 1989 when I first ran for this office -- "keep taxes low", "maintain fiscal responsibility", "protect our neighborhoods" and "enhance our quality of life."

I have kept my pledge and I believe I have served you well. For that, I seek your continued support and your vote for reelection.

Help keep Cary that special and unique place to live, work, play, raise a family and retire. Please vote 'Jack Smith' on October 8th.
Thank you for the honor of serving.

* Listening * * Learning * * Serving *

Jack Smith's Campaign Platform

People have described my common sense approach to serving as "neighborhood-friendly." I like to agree. I've represented District C for six terms, making me the Council's senior member. I see this experience as a big plus.


JACK'S RECORD - Over 30 neighborhoods have asked for Jack's help on serious issues impacting their property values and Jack has worked to address and satisfactorily resolve their concerns. Through good planning and common sense zoning Cary citizen's home values far exceed any other municipality in the County and resale values remain exceptional even in these difficult economic times.


JACK'S RECORD - Through Jack's diligent stewardship Cary has achieved the very best Fire, Police & Parks/Recreation Personnel. All are nationally accredited and have been recognized as 'best of the best' - no other municipality in the State has achieved this recognition. Cary continually is nationally recognized as one of the most livable and safest cities in the U.S.


JACK'S RECORD - In 2000 Jack successfully led efforts to lower Cary taxes which are now lower than they were 15 years ago. This year's tax rate once again remains the lowest in Wake County. In 2003 voted against entire budget in protest of increase in debt balance. On five occasions, Jack has successfully presented to the bond rating agencies on Cary's financial health. After each presentation, Cary's rating improved and now stands at AAA. Cary has been nationally recognized for its 'fiscal health' - and is in the top 2% - of all cities in the US. Our cash reserves exceed Charlotte's and far exceed the minimum required by the State.


JACK'S RECORD - Jack led efforts to create an Economic Development Commission, including a strategy to have a dedicated professional focus entirely on bringing businesses to Cary. Our current unemployment rate is 5.1% well below the State and National average. We've experience 36% job growth over the past 10 years. Our economic development approach continues to attract domestic and international companies resulting in over 1200 high paying jobs this year alone. In addition local companies that built and expanded during the recession include: ABB, Lord Corp., Deutsche Bank, John Deere, Kellogg, Siemens and SAS.


Jack Smith's Neighborhood Accomplishments

As Cary's District C council representative, Jack takes seriously the trust the voters have placed in him. He believes that his most important role is that of citizens’ advocate or ombudsman. He is never more than a phone call away (919-816-0999) and is quick to address the community’s needs or concerns.

These are some of Jack's neighborhood accomplishments:

Lochmere – Addressed neighborhood concerns regarding Town’s proposed ten-foot greenway and obtained significant consensus on a smaller 'neighborhood friendly' design. He addressed concerns regarding sewer easement clear cutting, ending the arbitrary clear-cutting of property. He negotiated and obtained approval for the entire replacement of the defective water line and the lowering of the lake to minimize destruction of homeowner’s property during the repairs.

Lochside – Negotiated lower-density rezoning of the southern two corners of Cary Parkway and Lochmere Drive, and the installation of a sidewalk from Holly Springs to Tryon Road.

Birkhaven – Resolved the problem of odor from wastewater treatment.

Lochbain & Windsong – Negotiated an alternative to a big-box restaurant, resulting in a well-buffered and unanimously-accepted mixed-use development (the Pavilion).

Lochbain (northside) – During the Crescent Green office park expansion, he negotiated a significantly-reduced scale office park with increased buffers and a parking deck.

Pirates Cove – Lobbied for Seabrook Avenue street and rotary improvements reduced speed limits and support the installation of speed humps. He obtained significant additional buffer and storm water drainage improvements prior to the completion of the Barnes and Noble commercial development.

Walnut Ridge – Led the successful effort to deny a commercial rezoning adjacent to residential neighborhoods and saw to it that additional police were provided for traffic control during the holiday season. He proposed and obtained approval for a neighborhood park on Walnut St. to buffer neighborhoods from Walnut Street traffic and to deter commercial/retail 'creep' along this corridor.

Wimbledon & Ridgepath – Successfully lobbied for increased buffers and plantings to diminish the impact of DOT’s widening of Route 1. He successfully lobbied for a traffic signal at Seabrook Ave and Cary Parkway and negotiated significant buffers and less density on the adjacent Troon Village development.

Farmington Woods – Successfully lobbied for a traffic signal at Hampton Valley Road and Cary Parkway and the installation of speed humps on Farmington Woods Drive. He negotiated setbacks and additional buffers between the Woodland Terrace retirement community and residential houses.

Franklin Chase – Successfully led efforts to block a car dealership from locating adjacent to residential property. Obtained funding to accelerate the completion of the Kids Together Park. He negotiated a compromise with neighbors on buffers/setbacks for Tryon mixed-use development, a community park and other amenities. Successfully led efforts to eliminate a cut-through connector road.

Glenridge – Worked closely with neighborhood on adjacent rezoning, achieving significant buffer improvements, greenway modifications and construction restrictions.

Coventry Glen – Successfully led efforts to eliminate Ravenstone Drive as a connector road by capping the north end, making it a cul-de-sac and supported the installation of speed humps. He worked with the community to realign the Swift Creek greenway through wetlands, resulting in no impact on any neighborhood properties.

Hillsdale Forest – Initiated efforts to improve roads and aging infrastructure.

Wellington Park – Successfully lobbied DOT to build a noise wall as part of their Route 1 road improvements. Supported the installation of speed humps. Successfully led efforts to deny an adjacent car dealership. Obtained funding for the early completion of the Kids Together Park.

Wellington Ridge Condo's – Addressed adjacent greenway design and chronic trash pickup problems.

Thornewood, Ambience – Successfully led efforts to realign storm culverts/drainage away from residents’ properties.

Camden Forest – Supported the installation of speed humps.

Regency and Danbury – Negotiated stricter noise guidelines as well as an earlier curfew for all events at the adjacent amphitheater and increased police presence for traffic/crowd control at all, and timely clean-up after events by public works. He successfully lobbied with development community to rezone adjacent land from high density Office and Institutional to low density Residential zoning.

Windermere and Cotswald – Worked with citizens on improving the low water pressure problem. He initiated the dialogue with the US Postal Service to change the mailing address to Cary.

Windsor Oaks – Worked with citizens to address safety/traffic cut-through problems.

Waverly Place – Negotiated and lobbied DOT to accelerate the installation of the Chick-fil-A traffic light.

Williamsburg Commons – Worked to address flooding problems and negotiated changes to the adjacent property to minimize run-off.

Unincorporated areas – Voted against annexation proposals which required excessive development fees, assessments or mandatory hook-up. "We ought to make it as difficult as possible to take people's property and I will not support any proposal which creates a financial burden."

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