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Smith elected to black caucus position


Rep. Kandie Smith


The Daily Reflector

Friday, January 18, 2019

One of Pitt County’s freshman representatives was elected to a leadership position within the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus.

Rep. Kandie Smith, a Democrat from Greenville, will serve as the caucus treasurer for the 2019-20 term, according to a news release.

She will be sworn in as part of the NCLBC Officer Swearing in Ceremony on Jan. 30.

Smith said she can better serve the interests of the residents of eastern North Carolina by accepting the responsibilities associated with the treasurer’s position

The black caucus is an association comprised of senators and representatives of African American, American Indian and Asian-American Indian heritage serving in the North Carolina General Assembly.

The caucus is organized as a vehicle to exercise unified political power for the betterment of people of color, and consequently, all North Carolinians.

The group works to ensure that the views and concerns of African Americans and other communities of color are carried out by their elected representatives and to work to develop the political consciousness of citizens of all communities and cultures.

Smith, who served nearly nine years as a Greenville City Council member and mayor, was elected in November to represent the new House District 8 which encompasses much of northern Pitt County, including parts of Greenville, Winterville, Farmville, Bethel, Falkland, Fountain and Bell Arthur.