There's so much to be grateful for at the end of 2017 toward our campaign for a better Mississippi and a better nation. I announced my candidacy to represent Mississippi's First Congressional District on Facebook shortly after I was among the clergy counter-protestors at the August 12 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. 'Carlton for Congress' officially kicked-off October 15 at Foxfire Ranch in Waterford with about 70 supporters present, undaunted by the heavy rainstorm! The campaign entered a quite period, with hopes of minimizing the confusion between the 2018 US Congressional election I'm in, and the 2017 State Senate election for District 10 (Marshall and Tate counties), which was resolved in a run-off November 28. By that time, my family and I were in the midst of losing one of my beloved aunt after a prolonged illness: She made her transition in Holly Springs December 20. I was among those on-hand doing what could be done to comfort her while she lived and honor her wishes after she expired. At the same time, it was great to see many of you at the Holly Springs Christmas Parade, at the Mississippi Municipal League Small Town Conference, and at holiday celebrations in Oxford, Holly Springs and Eupora. I was delighted as well by friends in the DC area and in Northern California who showed their generous support with successful fundraisers -- Our connection and commitment extend beyond state lines.
With the New Year, we shift into a new, higher gear. I'm grateful for what we are going to do together over the next several months as we dare to believe that we can put people first, protect our social safety net, and restore balance in our national legislature. Stay tuned for exciting news! Meanwhile, I wish you an abundance of love and happiness at the beginning of 2018, and throughout the year!
COMMITTEE TO ELECT CARLTON E. SMITH - aka CARLTON FOR CONGRESS
PO BOX 5309HOLLY SPRINGS, MS 38634
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HUNDREDS OF MISSISSIPPIANS TO GATHER IN WATERFORD FOR
CARLTON FOR CONGRESS CAMPAIGN KICKOFF
HOLLY SPRINGS, Mississippi —October 12, 2017 — Hundreds of constituents from Mississippi’s First Congressional District will gather to launch Democratic Congressional Candidate Carlton E. Smith at Foxfire Ranch in Waterford, Miss., this Sunday, October 15 at 4:00pm, according the Committee to Elect Carlton E. Smith. The event is the official kickoff of the Carlton for Congress campaign.
Smith is one of two registered Democrats competing for incumbent Trent Kelly’s seat to represent Mississippi’s First Congressional District, consisting of 22 counties in the north and northeast of the state. The Democratic Primary is June 5, and the Mid-Term Election is November 6, 2018.
“I’m thrilled that we are bringing our people together for this District-wide event,” said Smith. “As we celebrate the best of our state, we will also talk about ways to make it better, through affordable healthcare, quality education for our young, well-paying jobs and justice for all.”
The gathering, which has been promoted for weeks on the street and through social media, will feature music from the Grammy-nominated Cedric Burnside Project, as well as free food, voter registration, activities for children, and campaign paraphernalia — t-shirts, magnets, buttons, signs and stickers. Foxfire Ranch is located at 1465 Old Oxford Road in Waterford, near the intersection of Highway 7 and Hamilton Chapel Road.
Carlton E. Smith is a native and resident of Holly Springs, Mississippi. An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister since 1995, he is employed by the Unitarian Universalist Association as part of its Southern Region staff. On August 12, Smith was on the frontline of clergy peaceful protesting the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which one protestor, Heather Heyer, was killed when a driver plowed his car into a crowd.
Smith’s late father, Eddie L. Smith, Jr., served as Mayor of Holly Springs from 1989 to 2001.
We're just days away from the Carlton for Congress Campaign Kickoff, and the excitement is building! We are thrilled to have this occasion to bring North Mississippians together for an afternoon of music, delicious food, community-building and family fun in a beautiful country setting. There will be lots of campaign bling: stickers, buttons, signs, magnets and t-shirts. If you're not registered to vote, we've got you covered. If you want to join the campaign adventure, we can help you with that, too! Our featured musical guests are The Cedric Burnside Project, bringing home-grown Southern sound to the celebration. Be there!
The Carlton for Congress Campaign Kickoff
Sunday, October 15, 4:00pm
1465 Old Oxford Road
Waterford, MS 38685
(from Highway 7, turn onto Hamilton Chapel Rd.)
I am delighted and honored that we recently received our first endorsement by an organization: the Freethought Equality Fund (FEF) Political Action Committee.
In a letter to me, FEF PAC Coordinator Ron Millar stated that "This endorsement is in recognition of your support for the issues that are important to the nontheist community - secular government, scientific integrity, reproductive freedom, LGBTQ rights, and civil rights for all Americans."
Over many years and in recent weeks, we have seen how legislators have used religion as a wedge to deny some citizens access to healthcare, refuse them public services, place them in danger, and disregard their legal marriages. There is immense diversity among and within religious traditions, so much so that using any system of belief to discriminate against others creates immediate strife and confusion. For this reason, I am in favor of *secular* government, in which each individual is free to believe whatever they choose concerning matters of faith, if anything at all. I say this as a member of the clergy who has dedicated his career to speaking out for justice and supporting people in need, regardless of whether they hold to a religious doctrine or not.
As the Representative for Mississippi's First Congressional District, I will vote in support of legislation that reflects the best of what our country can be, when it affirms each person's freedom of belief while protecting their unalienable human rights and dignity.
You can learn more about the Freethought Equality Fund at www.freethoughtequality.org.
I was inspired by this gathering of powerful women and allies at the Third Annual Fit4Life Breast Cancer Walk. When my dad was Mayor and envisioned what would become the Eddie L. Smith Multipurpose Center, this is exactly the kind of community event he had in mind.
Here's to the power of self-care, early detection, affordable healthcare and the love of friends and family to overcome health crises.
I'm grateful for our first fundraiser, 'Cash for Carlton for Congress', held yesterday in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Lucia and Mark Savage hosted us in their beautiful home. They are friends and former congregants of the First Unitarian Church of Oakland (CA), where I served as one of the ministers from 1997 to 1999.
Twenty-six friends showed up over the course of the afternoon. I gave a presentation in which I shared some of my story, some details about Mississippi's First Congressional District, and my priorities once elected. We touched on important themes, ranging from gerrymandering, abolition of the Electoral College, quality education, economic growth and access to affordable healthcare. Lucia set a goal of raising ten times the cost of my airfare early in our time together. Between the generous contributions of the good folks present and those who donated before and after the fundraiser, we raised more than $3700! It was a great start to what will surely be many more occasions to gather in community as we dare to believe in ourselves, each other and the kind of country in which we want to live.Read more