DeKalb Mayor Not Seeking Second Term

Sep 17, 2020

DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith and his wife Ging speak to the press about his plan not to seek re-election.
Credit Chase Cavanaugh

DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith announced Thursday that he’s not seeking re-election next year. 

The soon-to-be 77-year-old said age is one factor.

“Given my age, given the fact that we’re in a position where we’re going to continue to make great progress, and given the fact that I know my wife is certainly supportive of this decision that we’ve made, now is the right time,” Smith said. 

He also says he feels confident in the city’s economic position. Smith said the arrival of Facebook and Ferrara will help with future tax revenue.

"Beginning next year and after that, we’re going to see some of the tax dollars that were generated; hopefully some of the talent attraction that we’re able to make because of rural businesses like that," he said. "That will ultimately go to the bottom line, if you will, and allow us to do some of the things that frankly, it’s been very difficult to do."

This includes investment in projects like fixing up streets. Mayor Smith says it’s also important to continue conversations on social justice and address issues of public safety.