Letters to the Editor Supporting Will Smith

Compassionate candidate (HT: 3/7/18)

All 11 township board races in Monroe County are up for election in 2018. I’m excited that my township, Van Buren, has the opportunity to elect my neighbor Will Smith to the board. He’s fighting for safe homes and secure families for all of us. I’m impressed that he wants to use money the township already has to hire more firefighters and to replace our fire trucks every 15 years, instead of 18.

If elected, Will Smith would be the first Democrat on the board in many years and would bring a bipartisan perspective to the position. In conversations over the years, I’ve found Will to be thoughtful, compassionate and a good listener. I think his fostering a beautiful German Shepard/Alaskan Malamute mix for 14 months speaks to his caring personality.

So, I encourage you to vote for Will Smith for the Van Buren Township board in both this May’s primary election and in the November general election in 2018!

Cheryl Haium



Smith truly cares (HT: 3/21/18)

My friend Will Smith will be on the ballot running for the board in Van Buren Township this year. You may have already encountered Will since he’s begun knocking on doors in the Township to introduce his candidacy — or maybe you’ve just seen him walking his foster dog, Tessa. But for those who have yet to meet him, when you do, you will be impressed with his willingness to listen and learn from people like you and me.

Will plans to bring a new perspective to the board by increasing government transparency. Township government is the most local form of government and affects our lives in important ways, like providing fire protection and emergency medical services. So we need to be able to know what’s going on easily. That’s why I like his ideas about posting upcoming board meeting and past meetings’ minutes to the Township’s website.

While his background and experiences certainly mean he’s qualified for the board, what impresses me most is that he truly cares about the people and his community. He wants safe homes and secure families for everyone, so vote William “Will” Smith for Van Buren Township board in 2018!

Carol D Wilson



Will Smith for township board (HT: 5/3/18)

Vote Will Smith for Van Buren Township Board.

I have worked closely with Will Smith on the IU Bloomington academic advisors council steering committee. Will has shown the qualities of a great leader during his time as president of the council. He listens carefully to all concerns. He understands the way to get things done in a bureaucracy. He has shown excellent professional management skills.

Will believes in a grassroots approach to improving life in the Bloomington area. He is not the type to just go with his own ideas. Instead, he solicits the opinions of the people.

He has gathered the needs of the community in order to make his platform, which involves supporting our firefighters, reducing hunger and homelessness and making housing more affordable. His straightforward honest approach will make it easier for the board to make positive changes.

Jane Pilgrim



Will Smith will listen (HT: 5/14/18)

Will Smith will make a great member of the Van Buren Township Board. I have known Will for over 10 years, first as a co-worker and then as a friend. When I think of Will, what comes to mind are his kindness and his unwavering steadfastness. He listens and is truly empathetic. He is there when you need him without hesitation. All of this is part of Will’s character and is never just for show.

Many have no doubt met Will in the past months as he’s been knocking on doors in Van Buren Township. For those who have not yet met him, I hope you will be lucky enough to have the opportunity to do so. You will be assured that he is genuinely all ears and really wants to improve government transparency, support the firefighters and keep families safe and secure. He also wants to learn about issues that matter to you and help you with them when he can. It is his way. I hope you vote for Will for the board (this fall) because he will take the time for you.

Janet Carol Tippin



Will Smith gets it (HT: 5/18/18)

Indiana townships are unique in America. For 200 years, Indiana townships have been stewards of township assistance — providing emergency aid to the least of us. Voters get distracted by noisy national political races, but when it comes to the government that affects us closest to home, it is the Indiana township.

For Van Buren Township, Will Smith gets it. Will brings new energy and ideas to the township. Will has worked hard, as hard as a candidate running for higher office. Will has studied the data. Will knows that Van Buren has both exponential new development, but also neighborhoods where working people are silently struggling paycheck to paycheck.

Will’s empathy and passion for meeting all of us are the traits we deserve on the township board. He wants transparency on township giving, setting the income eligibility for bills and medicine assistance to the federal poverty level. His focus on people’s struggles led him to propose a car repair fund — modernizing the charitable township mission.

Will’s foresight is proof that the township model still matters, especially in turbulent economic times. I am for Will Smith for Van Buren Township board. And you should be too.

David G. Henry



Smith will be asset (HT: 7/11/18)

Please vote Will Smith for Van Buren Township Board this November. Will Smith was one of the first people I met when I moved to Indiana. He introduced me to the beauty and warmth of Indiana’s communities, people and land, and his passion for supporting our communities is clear and unwavering.

He will be a strong and effective leader on the board. Will’s dedication and attention to detail are visible in his well-thought out plans to increase government transparency and help working families. He will promote public accountability and engagement by posting board meetings and minutes online, so the people he is working for will clearly be able to see his hard work and results. He will help ensure that working people in Indiana do not fall further behind by pegging assistance eligibility to the federal poverty level.

Will Smith is a dedicated advocate for our community and will be an asset to the board. He strongly deserves our support this fall.

Shruti Rana



Impressed by Smith (HT: 8/21/18)

I have known Will Smith for many years and believe he will be an excellent member of the Van Buren Township Board. I have been inspired by seeing him out in the community, talking to people and learning about their concerns.

If you haven’t yet seen Will, it is likely that you soon will — perhaps even accompanied by his wonderful dog, Tessa. He has even managed to do some canvassing with a broken foot! His visibility and presence in the community send a strong signal about the energy and representation he will bring to the board.

Participating in township government means seeing up close what people really need. Keeping firefighters properly equipped and paid, improving weatherization for homes in the township and improving information on the township’s website, are all things Will is committed to doing as a board member.

Will Smith is a great listener, learner, and leader. Vote for Will Smith for the Van Buren Township Board.

Jason Fickel



Smith a strong leader (HT: 8/22/18)

Please vote for Will Smith for the Van Buren Township Board. I have worked with Will for the past four years, during his time as president of the Bloomington Academic Advising Council. From the beginning, I realized Will is a strong leader who is well respected for the work he does.

He truly listens to the people with whom he works, and seeks out information as well as feedback. He believes in transparency at all levels and will work to bring it to the Van Buren Township board.

Will is also a strong advocate for people in need. He was recently appointed to the Monroe County Affordable Housing Commission. His platform includes working to establish a vehicle repair fund, which would help those who most need transportation, as well as a weatherization program to help reduce heating costs, which could be especially helpful for people on fixed incomes.

Will Smith is a kind, thoughtful and caring person who takes leadership and governing very seriously. Please vote for him.

Kathy Essex