LONDONDERRY — Kevin Smith has come home.
The new town manager is settling in and getting used to his second-floor office at Town Hall.
Smith, 36, was named Londonderry’s new town manager earlier this month and started work Aug. 15.
For Smith, a former GOP gubernatorial candidate, it’s like coming home. He was raised in town and said he is a proud Lancer through and through.
“It’s been great,” he said from his new office last week. “It’s an incredible privilege to do this.”
Smith said he applied for the position because he has strong connections to the town and wants to support its goals and challenges.
“We’ve been blessed, my wife and I, in so many ways,” he said “This town has given us so much, to be able to give back, it’s a tremendous privilege.”
Smith’s roots are deep.
He is a 1995 graduate of Londonderry High School. He knows people, sees old classmates and still enjoys being “the voice” of Londonderry High School sports.
Both his parents and his wife’s parents still call Londonderry home. He lives in Litchfield.
Smith became active in local and state politics after graduating from the University of New Hampshire at Manchester and served the town as a state representative from 1996 to 1998.
He ran for governor in 2012, losing in the Republican primary to Ovide Lamontagne.
“That was the hardest thing I ever did,” he said. “It was nonstop all the time, but I have no regrets about it.”
The experience gained in that public arena will carry over nicely to his new job, Smith said. That’s especially true when it comes to dealing with people, the issues and trying to make the right decisions.
Smith said he ran his campaign on his drive for economic development. Londonderry’s economic development potential is great, he said. That’s something he is very interested in making a priority.