I am Kayce Johnson Smith and I want to represent Ward 1 as
Hendersonville is my hometown and I have lived here a combined 30 years since 1977. I attended Walton Ferry Elementary, Hawkins Middle, and Hendersonville High Schools. After graduating from the University of Memphis, I returned to begin a promising career in Marketing.
While I left the area for a short time, I returned to what will always be my hometown in 2014.
After hiking the Appalachian Trail together in 2016, Larran Smith and I
returned, got married and purchased my grandparent’s house, making it
our forever home in 2017. As I settled back into our community, I began
to pay closer attention to our shared points of pride and our universal
I got involved when plans for an asphalt plant were introduced
in Davidson County on the edge of Old Hickory Lake that has had direct
and devastating effects on the homes and environment in Ward 1.
Preserving the safety, security, and quality of life for all our neighbors
will be my primary focus. I am eager to champion the priorities of the
residents in Ward 1 through attentiveness and dedicated service to their
I was raised in our community to understand the importance of being
active in civic life. I value teamwork and believe when we combine our
strengths and talents, great things get done. My experiences and the
people I have been privileged to work with and learn from have
prepared me to serve the people of Hendersonville.
I have achieved executive success as a director of marketing for a multimillion-dollar company, and independently as a small business owner and consultant.
Years ago, I decided to follow my heart and utilize my abilities to help
others. I was recruited because of my strong values and principles to
practice disability law and now work as an accredited legal advocate by
the Social Security Administration. I believe my competency and
compassion will benefit residents and the city.
As I listen to my neighbors, I hear the same stories time and again. We
know the urgent need for road improvements, sidewalks, bike lanes, and
mitigation for stormwater runoff and pooling. Many have been
burdened by the recent tax increases, changes in our waste management
services for both household garbage collection and landscape debris, and
the loss of recycling opportunities.
It is vital to tackle these public works projects and residential services and to implement solutions that ensure safety and protect our investments. It is also critical to create a balanced budget which does not increase the city’s debt or add further financial burden to residents.
I aspire to an exceptional level of communication. I will conduct
thorough analysis when issues and opportunities arise and provide rapid
response to my constituents. I will bring balanced consideration for new
development and investment in our established residential and
I will advocate for what is best for our future while working within our means and seeking solutions outside the box. I am committed to improving life and adding value for Hendersonville residents and businesses by collaborating with colleagues to achieve our collective goals.
I will remain focused on the long-term interests of Ward 1 as we move forward together, with a new voice and a fresh approach.
As we continue these conversations and move to make progress for the
betterment of our community, I would be honored to gain your
confidence, your vote, and your support in serving as your alderman for
Announcement submitted by Kayce Smith.