Fred Smith announces run for Franklin County treasurer

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FARMINGTON — Fred O. Smith II has announced his candidacy for the office of Franklin County treasurer.

A Farmington resident since 1985, he has been active in local and county organizations, according to a release issued by the candidate.

For many years Smith operated a New Vineyard wood-turning mill, serving as president and treasurer, the release states. Currently, semi-retired, Smith makes antique-style pine furniture. He is a former owner of the Sugar Wood Gallery where he served as the corporation secretary.

He is currently Secretary of Farmington’s Budget Committee and is on the Zoning Board. He is president of the Franklin County Arts & Crafts Association, and former president of UpCountry Artists.

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Despite his Farmington residency, Smith has remained on the New Vineyard Volunteer Fire Department. At the March 14 town meeting, he was presented with a legislative sentiment and plaque commemorating 50 years of service.

Smith is active in church affairs, he is a representative of Old South Congregational Church on Franklin Area Eccumenical Ministry and last year served as its moderator, the release states.

As a member of Farmington Rotary Club he has 35 years of perfect attendance. He is also a member of Roderick Crosby Post, American Legion, Blue Mountain Masonic lodge, Kora Temple Shrine and various other organizations including the Franklin County Republican Committee, representing it on the state level.

Smith has a bachelor’s degree in history and government from Bowdoin College and and a masters degree in political science from the University of Vermont.

A graduate of Navy Officer Candidate School, he served 22 years in the Naval Reserve, retiring as a lieutenant commander. A woodland owner, he has carried on a family tradition of providing free access to the public for recreational use, the release states.

In 2002, he compiled and edited a history of New Vineyard.

Married for 45 years, he and his wife, Mabel, have three grown daughters and nine grandchildren. Among his interests are boating, skiing, hiking, painting and photography.

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