Who Is David Smith?

My name is John “David” Smith, and I am running for re-election as Mayor of Winchester. When we moved to Winchester and decided to make an investment in the community, we weren’t sure what to expect. We were surprised when we were welcomed with open arms and about the overwhelming support we got from the community. Since then, I have been determined to give back to the city of Winchester, involving myself in civic and community service. I love Winchester and all it has to offer. The people are friendly and progressive and the city is making leaps and bounds in growth and redevelopment while maintaining its rural charm. I would love to stay involved as well as be a leading force in the revitalization of Winchester.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

2003 – Present: Owner & Partner, Water Street Kitchen and Village Square Restaurant & V2 Piano Bar (Winchester, VA)

1992 – 2002: Owner/Partner and Founder, Brandenburg Farm (Summit Point, WV)

From 1982 – 1994: I also enjoyed working as a Counselor for a number of organizations including Residential Youth Services, Planned Parenthood, Friendship House and the Fair Housing Council.

2016 – Present: Mayor of Winchester

2010 – 2016: Commissioner on Winchester Planning Commission

2008 – 2010: Chairman of Old Town Development Board

2007 – 2008: Member of the Board of Winchester Parking Authority

2004 – 2010: Member of the Old Town Development Board

2016 – 2019: Secretary and Co-Founder of Winchester Main Street Foundation, a 501c3 organization working with other non-profit organizations to create a vibrant Winchester through community events, promotions, and initiatives. For details visit: winchestermainstreetfoundation.org.

2010 – 2016: President and Co-Founder of Winchester Main Street Foundation

2009 – 2010: Chairman of the Family Services Committee for Habitat for Humanity

2006 – Present: Vice President of Celebration of Hope, a Smith-Vickers Cancer Initiative

2008 – 2010: Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity

2007 – 2009: Chamber Of Commerce Board Of Directors

1982 – Present: Alpha Phi Fraternity (Omicron Omicron)

Charleston High School, Charleston, WV

Marshall University, Huntington, WV

University of the District of Columbia