Roger T. Smith Sr.: Candidate Profile

Lake County Board District 5 (Democrat)

  • Roger T. Smith Sr., running for Lake County Board District 5.

    Roger T. Smith Sr., running for Lake County Board District 5.

Updated 2/2/2016 1:05 PM

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City: Fox Lake

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Office sought:

Lake County Board District 5

Age: 41

Family: Wife; Ana Smith

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Son; Roger Smith Jr.

Daughter's; Erica S. Smith

Ana Elise Smith

Grandchildren:Xavier Smith, Delilah Smith, Cesario Williams, Caiden Williams

Occupation: Business owner

Education: Candidate did not respond.

Civic involvement: District #114 Board of Education Vice President- 8 years

Elected offices held: Vice President School Board of Education

Questions & Answers

If you are an incumbent, describe your main contributions. Tell us of any important initiatives you've led. If you are a challenger, what would you bring to the board and what would your priority be?

I will bring my experience as a public servant and my knowledge of working with public budgets and groups. My priorities will be to become a voice for district 5 and to educate the public on what this district has to offer.

The forest district's money for land acquisition and development is drying up. Is a new tax-rate increase for more bonds needed? If so, when? And why?

A further study is needed and I feel that by bringing this topic to my constituents this will help me determine on how to proceed in the future.

When the forest district bought the new headquarters building in Libertyville, the intent was it would include the Lake County Discovery Museum, but a big state grant to fund that is on hold and the overall vision is in limbo. The district also wanted to rent a fairly large portion of the building. What scenarios do you envision for the museum, given the turn of events since the headquarters building was originally acquired.

To reach out to the state to release the grant. Also, have community involvement to help reach out to not only local representatives but the state representatives as well.


Please list any elected office you have ever run for and what the result of that election was. Have you ever been appointed to fill an unexpired term?

Fox Lake School board and I won. I was appointed to fill an unexpired term the first year.

What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?

Please name one current leader who most inspires you.

President Obama

What is the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?

To put God first and to treat people they way you want to be treated.

If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?

Time with my family

What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?

Wood working- helps me pay attention to detail.

If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?

To stay true to yourself and aspire to be the best you can be.