Maricopa Mayor Nancy Smith, appointed to the position last August to complete the term of Christian Price, confirmed Wednesday she will seek election to a full term in 2024.
In a statement, Smith said: “I’m enjoying serving as mayor very much. I’ve so much more to get done.”
Among items on Smith’s to-do list are:
- Completing the first of several projects to widen and improve State Route 347. Most likely, the first will be the Riggs Road overpass.
- Land the first industry in the city with high-paying jobs.
- Attract more retail and commercial, such as big box, restaurants and services.
- Build more roadways in the city. There is $450 million within the Capital Improvement Plan.
- Continue to support the decrease in primary property-tax rate. I’ve supported lowering the primary and secondary property-tax rate over the last five years.
“So, I’ve decided to run for four more years,” Smith said. “It really blesses me to be able to work hard and serve the city of Maricopa residents as mayor.”
She said she is focused on an agenda that builds a strong and sustainable economy that moves Maricopa from a bedroom community to a place where residents can live, play and work.
Smith joined City Council in 2014 and was re-elected in 2016 and 2020. Her fellow Council members selected her mayor last Aug. 16 after Price left to become president and chief executive officer of Maricopa Economic Development Alliance. Smith is the first female to be Maricopa mayor.
Smith is involved with several boards and panels, including Maricopa Association of Governments Economic Development Committee, MAG Regional Council, Pinal Partnership Board of Directors, Maricopa Budget, Finance, and Operations Committee and the Lower Santa Cruz River Alliance.
She is a co-founder and a previous board member of F.O.R Maricopa food bank and was co-chair of the American Cancer Society-Maricopa Relay for Life. Smith participated and graduated from the first Maricopa Citizen Leadership Academy. She started the Middle School Rocket Challenge, created the Senior Lunch & Learn program and co-founded Maricopa Friends of the Arts. She has a passion for non-profits and enjoys serving at church and on various school committees and many city-wide events.
Smith graduated at the top of her class with a degree in Electronic Technology and was immediately hired by Motorola. While at Motorola, she earned a degree in Business Management. She has spent most of her career in military technology and project management for major government programs. She increased her experience in project management when she took a new position at General Dynamics.
Smith is the mother of two children. She is the wife of Tony Smith, a former Maricopa mayor.
Smith has set up a website here for those interested in supporting her candidacy.