Lawton to run for re-election to council

Lawton to run for re-election to council

SMITHFIELD – Democrat T. Michael Lawton has declared his intent to run for re-election on the Smithfield Town Council this year.

Lawton served on the council for two years, and said during that time he was an advocate for the taxpayer. He opposed last year’s budget, which imposed a 5 percent tax increase, arguing it would made the town unaffordable.

“It has always been my position that the town needs to hold the line on taxes and consolidate municipal services wherever possible,” he said.

The town needs to expand the commercial tax base with economic development to offset the tax burden on residential homeowners, Lawton said.

“If re-elected, it would be my goal to work with my council colleagues to develop a long-range economic plan that would foster economic development in those areas of town designated for such growth in our community Comprehensive Plan,” he said.

Lawton is a father to three children in the district, and a recreational coach. Over his last term, Lawton said he worked to improve recreational fields and construct the outdoor basketball courts.

“Our residents and children at a very minimum deserve to live in a town where its recreational facilities are on par with those in other communities,” he said.

The challenges facing Smithfield can be overcome by working together, Lawton said. Lawton runs the Allstate Insurance Agency on Douglas Pike with his wife, Kerri.