It is with sadness we report that Republican former state Rep. David Burnell Smith has passed away at age 73. Take time to read his fascinating biography.
Arrangements are pending. They will be announced here when they become available.
Update: We have been advised that the memorial service for Rep. David Burnell Smith will be private.
In 2006 Rep. Smith, then representing state Legislative District 7, was removed from his office by the unelected “Clean” Elections Commission. A lawyer, Rep. Smith personally contacted the commission to inform them of a bookkeeping irregularity he discovered that took place during his 2004 primary campaign.
At the time, Rep. David Burnell Smith, a dedicated public servant and a true Southern gentleman, had the dubious distinction of being the only duly elected U. S. office holder so removed by a panel of unelected bureaucrats and an unelected administrative law judge. This quasi-governmental overreach occurred although criminal charges were never filed and no trial was ever held.
Rep. David Burnell Smith lost by a mere 32 votes in the recent August 26, 2014 Primary Election.
Heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Rita and extended family.