Elected Office and Party Leadership

Elected City Democratic Leader of Euclid – 2006 & 2010
Member of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Executive Committee
Member Euclid Democratic Club & East Cleveland Democratic Club
Elected to the Euclid School Board – 2001, 2005 & 2009
Kent Smith has served as Board President, Vice President and as the 10-time Legislative Liaison. In his 12 years on the Euclid School Board, Kent Smith has never missed a School Board meeting.

Extensive Experience

Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office 2004-2012. Assignments included the Cold Case task Force and the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. He also worked as an Investigator and as the office Grant Writer.
Founding Board Member – 11th Congressional District Community Caucus
Member – County Executive Ed FitzGerald’s Transition Team
Member – South Euclid Judge Gayle Williams Byers’ Transition Team
Climate Reality Project Leadership Corps – Chicago 2013
Graduate – The FBI Citizens Academy (Class of 2011)
Graduate – Euclid Citizens Police Academy
Graduate – Leadership Euclid
Former Executive Director of Euclid Community Concerns (a fair housing organization)
Former Union Member – UFCW Local 880
Kent Smith was the point person for the training of Peace Marshals (working alongside the NAACP, Labor and many social justice groups) when the Klan came to Cleveland in August of 1999.
He is the son of two public school teachers

Education and Research

1984 Euclid High School Graduate
1988 Miami University Graduate
2001 Cleveland State University – Masters of Science in Urban Studies
Ph.D. candidate in Economic Development at Cleveland State University
Earned a Graduate Certificate in Urban Economic Development in 2006.
Co-Authored Policy Matters Ohio first Predatory Lending Report in 2002.
Testified before both House of the Ohio Legislature


4-time winner of the Ohio School Boards Association’s Award of Achievement: 2004, 2008, 2011 & 2013 (given annually to 3% of School Board Members across Ohio).
2009 Best Lefty Rebel Rouser (with Derek Hess) – “Best of Cleveland” issue of The Cleveland Scene

Endorsed by:

State Representative Armond Budish
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald
Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge
County Council Member Sunny Simon
State Senator Nina Turner
State Representative Kenny Yuko