John Robert Smith Not Seeking Reelection

Meridian's four-term mayor announced Tuesday he will not seek a fifth term in this year's elections.

John Robert Smith, a Republican, has been in Meridian politics for twenty years. He served a term as Ward 5 councilman before running for mayor.

Smith made his announcement at Union Station, because he said he views it as his first big accomplishment as mayor.

Smith said he felt a sense of peace after the Meridian City Council voted to proceed with the Threefoot Building project.

Smith also said he would not be endorsing any of the candidates in the race.

"I trust the people of Meridian," said Smith.

Smith said he's proud of the accomplishments the city has made during his tenure and he would not change anything he's done.

Smith also stated that discontent among some citizens over Meridian's most recent annexation did not factor in his decision, nor did very close primary and general election wins in 2005.

When asked about his future plans, the mayor said he's exploring his options, but plans to stay in Meridian unless a door opens elsewhere.

Smith is also a pharmacist and co-owns Point Rexall Pharmacy in Meridian.

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