As a veteran, Brad Smith knows the value of teamwork, honesty, hard work, and shared sacrifice; if elected he will bring those same values to his work every single day on behalf of the residents of Council District 12.
A native Angeleno, Smith was born and raised in the northwest San Fernando Valley and grew up in Northridge attending local public schools, ultimately graduating from both Granada Hills High School and California State University Northridge (CSUN).
He volunteered for military service inspired by his father, a combat veteran of World War II and Korea. Smith was able to attend college in part because of the G.I. Bill. He worked for a number of years as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Ventura, and Sacramento counties. Seeing first-hand how the interests and needs of ordinary Californians get run over by politics, at the local and state levels had a lasting impression on him. Since then, he has worked in the engineering industry, and witnessed how cutting-edge science and sustainable technology can be harnessed to improve our economy and our quality of life.
Smith’s wife, Maria, also grew up locally and their four children attend public schools in Granada Hills and Northridge. While they experienced the 1971 and 1994 earthquakes and the aftermath, they chose to stay and help re-build.
Today, they live within walking distance of the homes we grew up in, and are active in a community that they love. Maria and Brad chose to make their home in the San Fernando Valley because they wanted their children to grow up in the same neighborhood that they had enjoyed. Brad and Maria want to preserve it for their children - and for yours!