A Wirtz man has thrown his hat into the ring for a chance to serve on the Franklin County Board of Supervisors.
Rick Smithers seeks to represent the Gills Creek district. He will face off against two challengers in November: Lorie Smith, president of the Smith Mountain Lake Association, and Pat Bechtler, comanager of Crazy Horse Marina. The current occupant of the Gills Creek seat, Bob Camicia, is not seeking re-election.
A lifelong resident of Franklin County, Smithers is the owner of Smithers Construction and the founder and pastor of Crossroads Community Church on Bonbrook Mill
Road. He previously served three years in the Army National Guard and more than a year in active service in the Army in the 101st Air Assault.
Around the age of 35, Smithers said he was called to preach and received a degree in pastoral ministries from Hobe Sound Bible College in Florida in 2010. Since that time, Smithers has earned two master’s degrees, including a master’s from Liberty University in public policy, law and government, the fi eld in which he currently is pursuing a doctorate.
-For more information, see the June 19 edition of the Smith Mountain Eagle-