Meet the candidates: Smiths Station council Pl. 5

Meet the candidates: Smiths Station council Pl. 5

Victoria Green supports best interest of citizens

Victoria Green is seeking the Smiths Station City Council Place 5 seat. She grew up in Phenix City and is a 1991 graduate of Central High School. Her husband, Brad, graduated from Smiths Station in 1985. The two of them moved to Smiths Station where they raised their three children, Kayleigh, Mallory, and Brandon. 

Green worked at TSYS for 25 years. She believes her experience in Corporate America will help her lead on the city council. 

“My years of leadership will allow me to make decisions for our city to support growth and the best interest of our citizens,” she said. “Smiths Station has really grown over the last four years. I would like to see more restaurants. I have a dog. We have nowhere to walk our dogs. I would love to see a place for that. I’m also a huge tennis player. I would love to see a city facility in some point in time. Those areas are special to me.”

Green said she thinks the current city council has done a fabulous job in leading the city. She would like to see the city eventually take over its police force. 

“Right now, Lee County Sheriff’s Office is our coverage. They do a great job. As we grow, we may have to make sure the citizens and their wellbeing are forefront and most important to us,” she said.  

Green said she has always been interested in the community. 

“I’ve always been a small-town girl. I enjoy travelling and big cities are great, but I like to come back to where you know a lot of people,” she said. 

Green said she wants people to be able to call her if they have questions. She wants to work for the community. 

“I love the community and believe I can serve each citizen with honesty, openness, and integrity,” she said. 

Green and her family have been involved in sports at Smiths Station High School. She has been a member of Smiths Station Baptist Church where she helped lead and coach Upward Basketball. She also serves with United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley and Operation Christmas Child. Green has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and went to Troy for her MBA. 

Diane Holman-Stein says 14 years on staff a plus

Diane Holman-Stein is seeking the Smiths Station City Council Place 5 seat. She and her husband Mark have been in Smiths Station since 1991. Their son Eric is a Smiths Station High graduate. 

 She has attended Mount Zion United Methodist Church for 23 years and has worked for the City of Smiths Station since 2006. Currently, she is an administrative clerk to the Planning & Zoning Department. 

“In 2007 Mayor LaFaye Dellinger appointed me to serve as the City’s first archivist knowing my strong interest in recording and preserving the history of the city and Smiths Station community,” she said. “Then in 2015, I completed training to become a Certified Alabama Planning and Zoning Official. Beginning Jan. 2017, I was appointed to serve as Administrative Secretary to the Zoning Board of Adjustment.”

Holman-Stein believes she is the most qualified candidate because of her work with the city. 

“I am the most qualified and the only candidate with extensive knowledge and experience of the city’s inner workings needed to hit the ground running,” she said. “Even before Smiths Station became a city, I was invested in its future by supporting the incorporation effort and working the Census. This early personal involvement with the city’s startup combined with my 14 years of experience as a staff member in the day to day operations of the city and interactions with its citizens, has given me an insight and understanding that needs to be present on our city council.”  

Holman-Stein believes growing the city’s revenue will help offer more to the citizens and surrounding community. 

“Currently, we have our city hall building, which allows folks access to all city and crucial Lee County services as well as our sports complex which is almost to completion,” she said. “I would like to see a new facility in Smiths Station which would bring in revenue and also accommodate citizens of all ages, such as a two-story health and fitness center/office park. Imagine an indoor pool used for teaching our precious little ones how to swim or our seniors low-impact water aerobics with an area for a stamina building lap swim or just family fun. 

“The good news is that the city already owns a large 46.6 acre property off Lee Road 246 which has been cleared and prepared for construction. In addition, we have seen wonderful growth in the past four years, and my hope is that this will continue with wise choices as well as a respectful balance between residential and commercial development.”