A well-known and successful real estate broker-owner-agent has decided to run for Benton County Commissioner, Position 1.

Jeff Smart, owner-operator of Smart Realty in Tri-Cities, made the announcement heading into Monday, May 4. He and his wife live in Richland, Position 1 covers Richland and West Richland of the 3 commissioner spots. The other two are held by Shon Small and Jim Beaver.

Smart released a statement outlining some issues he plans to "bring to the forefront," including (but not limited to):

  •   A mental health facility that would serve adults and youth in our area
  • an accounting of property taxes in the county for all citizens, as well as public safety tax.
  • working with the state to bring more affordable housing to our area.

His release included (in part) the following statement:

“I feel called to serve the citizens of Benton County and bring my management skills to the table for all”. Whether it’s been in Real Estate management or international business management, I know the path to bringing together groups to accomplish a goal.”

Smart will face off for the Benton County Position 1 spot held by incumbent Jerome Delvin.  Delvin is a former Hanford Patrol and Richland Police officer, who retired from Richland in 2007.  He served five terms in the State House, four in the Senate before running for Commissioner in 2013. His wife Josie is the Benton County Clerk.

Smart is a graduate of Kamiakin High School in Kennewick and WSU Pullman.

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