Greenville Mayor Pro Tem voted to fill out term as city's mayor
GREENVILLE, Pitt County - Kandie Smith, the Greenville Mayor Pro Tem, was selected to fill out the term as the city's mayor for Allen Thomas, who is resigning.
Smith is the city's first African-American female mayor. She was named to the position during a meeting of the city's commissioners on Thursday. She said she doesn't intend to run for mayor in the fall but will seek reelection to her District 1 seat she currently holds.
"It was awesome," Smith said. "This room was completely full, standing room only that's a blessing to see that much support. I'm honored."
Thomas, announced he was stepping down in the spring to take a top job at the North Carolina Global TransPark in Kinston. Greenville Council Member At-Large Calvin Mercer and Councilman P.J. Connelly have both announced intentions to be a candidate for Mayor of the City of Greenville.
Smith has been Mayor Pro Tem since 2009, according to her City of Greenville bio.She is a graduate of Charleston Southern University where she majored in Sociology and minored in Communications. She was a mental health professional for many years and is now a training consultant.
"I'm standing on the shoulders of our first African American mayor, Mr. Ed Carter," Smith said. "He paved the way, he opened the doors for us to have an African-American in the position all together.
"But I'm also standing on the shoulders of all who run and women and African American women who are trying to make sure we offer our service to the city as well."
Thomas was happy to see Smith take the position he's stepping away from.
"We have a great council and will have great leadership with Mrs. Smith holding the gavel," Thomas said. "She will do a wonderful jobs as we continue to grow this city."