State Representative Melanie George Smith, who has faced controversy recently over her residency, or lack thereof, in the 5th Representative District that she has been representing for over 16 years, has announced on the House floor that she is retiring at the end of her current term. She had been frustrated with the budget process after last year’s protracted budget fight, and had had some friction with Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf regarding her chairmanship of the Joint Finance Committee. There is no word yet on whether any of these considerations played into her decision to retire.
The photo above is courtesy of Lisa Goodman on Facebook. It captures the moment when Ms. Smith was announcing her retirement from the House floor with her family by her side.
The Fifth District is safely Democratic, though it will be interesting to see who lines up to run in this now open seat. Here is the Demographic breakdown of the District:
|OVER 18 POPULATION||15739|
|OVER 18 WHITE||6621|
|OVER 18 BLACK||7212|
|OVER 18 HISPANIC||1375|