Joe Smith, age 62, is a member of the Lexington City Council in Kentucky, representing District 2. He was appointed to the council by Mayor Jim Gray on May 19, 2017, to replace Councilwoman Sasha Love Higgins, who resigned. Smith will serve until December 2018 with plans to run for re-election.
A native of Lexington and the father of three and grandfather of five, Smith received a bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Kentucky. His professional experience includes working as a realtor for 30 years and in banking for 10 years. He received the “Life Time Million Dollar Club Member” award for Real Estate and served as Chair for the Equal Opportunity Committee with the Lexington Board of Realtors. He served as President of the Townley Park Homeowners Association, and as a member of the Lexington Catholic High School Board of Trustees, his alma mater, the Lexington Jaycees, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass, the government Board of Adjustments, the Lexington Planning Commission and the Lyric Task Force Committee.
Joe Smith comes on board with a wealth of knowledge and experience of our community and the 2nd district for which he resides. He believes in building strong relationships with community leaders and giving them the opportunity to get to know each other is very important. Joe is very passionate about service to neighborhoods, the local school system and businesses.
Smith currently services on the Planning & Public Safety Committee, the General Government & Social Services Committee and the Infill & Redevelopment Subcommittee Growth Strategy Workgroup.
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About district 2
The 2nd District is one of the largest and most diverse Council districts. Geographically, it extends from West High Street to Jefferson Street, including Manchester Street, Leestown, Georgetown, Citation, Newtown & West Short, 2nd, 3rd and 4th streets.
Some of the neighborhoods located in the 2nd District include the Historic Western Suburb, Irish Town, Griffin Gate, Meadowthorpe, Masterson Station, Coventry and Belmont Farms, to name just a few.
The 2nd District is home to some great tourism and recreational opportunities including Lexington’s birthplace – Historic McConnell Springs; Town Branch Trail; Masterson Station Park; Legacy Trail; Coldstream Park; part of the Bourbon Trail; and the Distillery District.