Brencis D. Smith was elected to his first term on the Laurel City Council on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. He was sworn-in to office on Monday, November 25, 2019. Mr. Smith was appointed to the City’s Education Advisory Committee. Mr. Smith previously ran for State Delegate in 2018. After unsuccessfully winning the primary, he was appointed to the city’s Homelessness task force created by Mayor Craig Moe in 2019 where he served as the Co-Vice Chair.
Mr. Smith was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut. He came to Maryland in 2012 to continue his journey in higher education after his father lost his battle with gastrointestinal cancer. Mr. Smith’s entrance into the political arena was fortified through his early years of observing his father execute and deliver in his position as Assistant Town Clerk of the city of Hartford. He resided in Laurel while finishing school and fell in love with the essence of the city. He attended Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management. Mr. Smith currently works as a Financial Analyst for an engineering company in the transportation industry located in Washington, DC. Mr. Smith has worked in Finance and Accounting over the past 10 years. He is currently the youngest on the city council and brings a fresh wave of new energy and ideas. He has hosted several events this past year and is always looking for new ways to engage with the community. Mr. Smith took to the streets to protest social justice along with many Americans of different backgrounds the summer of 2020. Mr. Smith is a father, Christian and strong advocate for equality and unity.
Mr. Smith served as the Director for the youth choir of his church at the Capitol Hill Seventh-Day Adventist church in Washington, DC. He also served as Minister of Music, Choir Director and musician for Faith SDA, his home church, located in Hartford, Connecticut. Mr. Smith is known for his smooth harmonies and enjoys partaking in acapella performances. While in Connecticut he also assisted with the Golden Eagles Pathfinder Club and Drum Corp. You can usually find Mr. Smith out and about in the city making himself very accessible to his constituents and neighbors. Mr. Smith’s work is centered around creating a better quality of life, increasing community engagement through neighborhood sponsored events, representing the diverse and unique background of all Laurel citizens.