Smith makes bid for Victoria Mayor

Published 1:42 pm Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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Allen Smith believes it is important for the citizens to know their candidate, as there are many that may not know him. Smith worked out of town for many years.

He is the father and grandfather of three wonderful children and two beautiful granddaughters; his son, Hunter DiPaolo and wife Kathrine, granddaughter Adelina; daughter Emily Smith and her fiance Curtis Berry; daughter Amanda Smith Holden and husband Stephen, granddaughter Hadleigh. Family is important to Allen, second only to his faith.

Smith is a native of Victoria, living here most of his life. He graduated from Central High School Class with the Class of 1984.

Smith is retired with 30 years of service with the Department of the Army in Fire and Emergency Service having worked at three different installations. Beginning at Fort Pickett, transferring to Fort Eustis in Newport News and then working the last 20 years of his career, until retirement, at Fort Lee in Petersburg.

In working for the Department of Army Smith gained a lot of knowledge in the importance of structure and planning, forward thinking and the importance of service. The last 12 years of Smith’s career was spent in the Fire Prevention and Inspections where he gained knowledge in the importance of impact study, site development, and construction of infrastructure, as well as building and fire code enforcement.

Smith sees his past work experience as a contribution to the issues the Town of Victoria is facing during these economic times.


Smith is currently employed with Virginia Marble Manufacturers, Inc. of Kenbridge, a strong, family, locally-owned business that has kept Victoria’s citizens employed for 50 years through all economic times. Working at Virginia Marble, Smith said he sees the impact of today’s world on small locally-owned businesses. It his goal as a community leader to help locally-owned business throughout the community.

As mayor Smith’s goal is not only to be a leader, but also as a team player to build a stronger community, one that all can be proud of. He said there will be change and decisions to be made at times that may not be popular, but will have to be done in the best interest of the town and its citizens.

In being mayor, Smith said it will be his duty to be a good steward of the community, be an ambassador for the town, using networking skills, outside of the box thinking and looking at new and diverse ideas to attract and encourage businesses to look at the town, while all the time preserving the town’s history and looking to the future.

Smith said he looks forward to serving the citizens of Victoria, working with the town council members, colleagues in the Town of Kenbridge as well as the Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors.

Smith believes that, as an elected official, it his duty to protect and build a strong community for the citizens.

“There will be a lot for me to learn, and I know I will have large shoes to fill, as Mayor Watson has been at the helm for many years,” Smith wrote. “I encourage you to exercise your right to vote during any election. By making your vote count is a step in shaping our future.”