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As of March 12, 2014, Smith has not reported any contributions or expenditures to the Chesapeake Voter Registrar's Office.
Smith has reported $6,400.72 in contributions and $5,773.44 in expenditures to the Virginia State Board of Elections, leaving his campaign with $627.28 on hand as of April 22, 2014.<ref>[http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/index.php/candidatepac-info/reporting/ ''Virginia State Board of Elections,'' "Reporting," accessed April 22, 2014]</ref>

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Les Smith, Jr.
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Candidate for
Board member, Chesapeake School Board, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Next generalMay 6, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSt. Paul's College
Master'sUniversity of Richmond
ProfessionRetired police officer
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Les Smith, Jr. is a candidate for an at-large seat on the Chesapeake School Board in Virginia. He is seeking election to one of five seats on the board against nine other candidates during the general election on May 6, 2014.


Smith earned his B.S. in Business Administration from St. Paul's College in 1983. He later received a M.S. in Human Resource Management from the University of Richmond. Smith served as a deputy lieutenant with the Chesapeake Sheriff's Department for 28 years before his retirement. He volunteers his time with the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice and New Chesapeake Men for Progress.[1]



See also: Chesapeake Public Schools elections (2014)


Les Smith, Jr. is seeking election to an at-large seat against incumbents Christie Craig, Harry A. Murphy and Michael J. Woods and six challengers during the general election on May 10, 2014. Current board members Bonita Billingsley Harris and Ann R. Wiggins did not file for re-election by the March 4 deadline.


Smith has reported $6,400.72 in contributions and $5,773.44 in expenditures to the Virginia State Board of Elections, leaving his campaign with $627.28 on hand as of April 22, 2014.[2]


Smith received the endorsement of the Chesapeake Democratic Committee on March 14, 2014.[3]


Smith ran unsuccessfully in the city sheriff's election on November 5, 2013.

Chesapeake City Sheriff, 4-year term, November 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim J. O'Sullivan 68.5% 41,025
     Independent Les Smith, Jr. 31.5% 18,847
Total Votes 59,872
Source: Virginia Board of Elections, "Official Results," accessed March 12, 2014

About the district

See also: Chesapeake Public Schools, Virginia
Chesapeake Public Schools is located in Chesapeake, Virginia
Chesapeake Public Schools is located in Chesapeake, a city in southeastern Virginia. According to the United States Census Bureau, Chesapeake is home to 228,417 residents.[4] Chesapeake Public Schools is the seventh-largest school district in Virginia, serving 39,748 students during the 2010-11 school year.[5]


Chesapeake underperformed in comparison to the rest of Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 28.4% of Chesapeake residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 34.7% for Virginia as a whole. The median household income in Chesapeake was $70,244 compared to $63,636 for the state of Virginia. The poverty rate in Chesapeake was 8.3% compared to 11.1% for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2010[4]
Race Chesapeake (%) Virginia (%)
White 62.6 68.6
Black or African American 29.8 19.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.4
Asian 2.9 5.5
Two or More Races 3.0 2.9
Hispanic or Latino 4.4 7.9

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[6]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 49.8 48.8
2008 50.2 48.9
2004 42.3 57.1
2000 45.2 53.2

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[7][8]

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