Smith, 41, is a local businessman who is running for public office for the first time. A former resident of New Jersey, Smith is a project manager for a San Diego-based company and has an office in Perris.
He lives in District 4, the southwest portion of Menifee, where Tom Fuhrman's council seat is not up for election this year. Smith said this is why he chose to run for mayor instead, although he also supports Fuhrman as a council member.
The field is now complete for the two open city council district seats and the office of mayor, which for the first time is an at-large position. The candidates are:
Mayor: Darcy Kuenzi, Scott Mann, John F. Smith
District 1: Greg August, Sue Kristjansson, Nick Martin, Carol Sullivan
District 3: Wallace Edgerton, Bill Zimmerman