David L. Smith running for Gowanda mayor

Jill and David Smith

GOWANDA — David L. Smith has announced his candidacy for mayor of Gowanda in the Tuesday village elections.

He has spent 25 years in education, 20 as a school administrator and five as a Spanish teacher. In July, he will begin his 15th year as an administrator in the Gowanda Central School District. Born and raised in Humphrey, Smith is a graduate of Ellicottville Central School and holds graduate degrees from St. Bonaventure University.

Smith is actively engaged in community service. He has been a true advocate for children in the Gowanda School District for 15 years and is a member of Gowanda Free Methodist Church and co-leader of its Alpha Ministries, as well as co-leader of the Teens at Tim Hortons Youth Group. He also volunteers in the prison ministry at Gowanda Correctional Facility.

He is an elected member of the Cattaraugus County Board of Health and a longtime partner of Healthy Community Alliance and Healthy Cattaraugus County.

Smith resides on North Chapel Street with his wife, Jill, a longtime kindergarten teacher in the Frewsburg school district. They are the proud parents of Greg Smith, a Williamsville attorney; and Kaitlyn Smith, who will be studying abroad in the United Kingdom this year. He also is the proud stepfather of Megan Peterson and Matthew Coe. The Smith household also includes three dogs: Australian Shepherd, Border Collie and Collie.

Polls are open from noon until 9 p.m. at the Gowanda Municipal Building, 27 E. Main St.