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Preston Smith

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Preston Smith is a state senator elected from District 52 of Georgia. Smith earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Southern Baptist Convention affiliated Baylor University and a J.D. from the University of Georgia before turning to electoral politics.

Smith won the Republican nomination in 2002 and then defeated the Democrat, Senator Richard Marable, winning 16,957 votes (54.2%) to 14,329 votes (45.8%). Smith effectively mobilized white voters in his majority white North Georgia mountain district using the social issues of the Christian Right. The ambitious Smith is considered by many a likely challnger and/or successor to the ever so slightly more moderate (and Roman Catholic) Republican Member of the U.S. House for the 11th Congressional District, Dr. Phil Gingrey.

According to a July 5, 2005 article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Smith is revealed as unusually anxious to escape the Georgia General Assembly for a Georgia judicial appointment. In a letter from Smith to Georgia Republican Governor Sonny Perdue, obtained by the Rome News-Tribune through the Georgia Open Secrets Act, Smith said that, "although I have truly appreciated the honor of serving, I have begun evaluating the best way for me to continue serving in a more stable environment." Does stable environment mean an environment in which his behavior is less scrutinized by his constituents? Smith expressed interest in appointment to the Superior Court in Rome, appointment to the State Board of Workers' Compensation or even appointment to the Cherokee Judicial District.

Smith is a member of the Board of Directors for Summit Ministries, an organization dedicated to preventing Christian youth from losing their faith while in college or university to Darwinism, naturalism, pluralism, relativism, "and many others.". The list doesn't explicitly include The Enlightenment but it is there by implication.

Campaign Funding

As of March 31, 2006 he reported having $165,299.02 in his 2006 campaign warchest.


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This page was last modified 03:26, 2 April 2009 by dKosopedia user Drewspring. Based on work by dKosopedia user(s) Muffin, CleanUp, Allamakee Democrat, LastDemocratWearingAMullet and BartFraden. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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