Full Name: Chuck Smith

Nick Names: 

 

Office Sought: US Senate 

Party Affiliation: Republican

 

 

Campaign Website: 
https://chucksmithva.com/

Campaign POC:

Phone Number: 757-270-1715

Campaign Email: 
ch1sm@outlook.com

 

Structured Interview Request Sent: 26 January, 4 February, 13 February 2024. 

Structured Interview Response and Date: Yes. Updated – 23 February 2024.

Vetting Panel Selected: Pending

Structured Interview Completed: Pending

Biography: Chuck was born July 4, 1952 in Greensboro, North Carolina. At the age of five, he and his mother moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he completed grade school and high school.

Upon high school graduation in 1970 at age 17, Chuck joined the U.S. Marine Corps — at a time when many young Americans were dodging the draft or fleeing to Canada, Mexico and Europe because of the dangers and unpopularity of the Vietnam War. Chuck graduated from boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina, and served two years of active duty in the Marine infantry (1970 to 1972). Chuck says joining the Marines was one of the best decisions he ever made. He states the Corps taught him the importance of discipline and leadership, how to work as a team, and the virtues of honor, courage, and commitment.

Following military service, Chuck attended North Carolina Central University for six years (1972-1978) where he obtained two degrees — a Bachelor of Science Degree in political science in 1975 and a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) Degree in law in 1978.

While attending law school, he also qualified for and completed the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General (JAG) student program. In 1979 Chuck was commissioned a U.S. Navy legal officer, where he served for 26 years (active, inactive, and reserve service). During this 20-year naval career, he served as a prosecutor, defense counsel, administrative discharge officer, plus a prestigious assignment as a special assistant to a U.S. attorney.

After active duty, Chuck opened his own law office and began a legal career that has spanned more than 40 years. Chuck is a licensed attorney in both Virginia and Iowa. From 2006 to 2008, Chuck served as the chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia Beach — the largest Republican Party city committee in Virginia.

Chuck and his wife Edith have five children, one of who is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate. Chuck is fluent in Spanish.

 

Why you? I am the most qualified candidate for the U.S. Senate by far, across all platforms and in all critical areas. I have served our country in the Marine Corps as a Grunt/Infantry. I have served our country in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps, as Commander, Ret. after 26 years of combined military service. I have served our Republican Party at the highest unit level as Chairman of the Virginia Beach Republican Party City Committee. I have practiced law for a total of 45+ years, far longer than anyone in this race. It is longer than anyone who has ever been in a race for U.S. Senate, in Virginia’s history, Republican or Democrat. I am the only candidate who is positioned to beat Tim Kaine by having the skills and talent to attack Tim Kaine from all angles and areas, i.e. law, military, constitutional law, immigration law, military law, answering in finite detail the call to resurrect the US Constitution, establish border security, reforming immigration law, and protect our God-given rights to the guarantee of religious freedom, medical freedom, freedoms of speech and assembly, 2nd Amendment freedoms, and freedoms against government mandates and overreach. I am the only candidate with a long history of loyalty to conservative Republican principles. We need the courage of a Marine. We need the integrity of a Navy JAG Cdr., Ret. We need the loyalty of a former Chairman, and we need the experience of one of the longest-serving constitutional law, immigration law, and military law lawyers in the Commonwealth’s history. That is why I am running. That is “Why me”.

What are your priorities?
Secure the Border
Resurrect the Constitution
Pardon the J6 detainees
Afghanistan
Cancel Culture policy and mistreating parents like domestic terrorists.
Crime issues
Cyber Issues
Drug policy
Economic policy and the National Debt, American jobs
Eliminate the Department of Education
Election Integrity
Energy Independence
Reform Immigration policy
Inflation
Protect Israel

Endorsements:
Amanda Chase
EW Jackson
Page County Sheriff Chad Cubbage
Greene County Sheriff Steve Smith

Education:
North Carolina Central University School of Law . J.D. 1978
North Carolina Central University. B.A. . Political Science . 1975
Universidad de Costa Rica . Estudiante Oyente . Leyes de Costa Rica . 1983
Naval Justice School . Military Science . 1979

Relevant Employment History:
Smith Law Group, PLLC, 1983 to present
U.S. Marine Corps
U.S. Navy JAG Corps
Former Appeals Examiner (Richmond) . Virginia Employment Commission
Former Deputy Ombudsman . Des Moines . State of Iowa

 

Military Experience / Branch / Years of Service / Rank / Type of Discharge
U.S. Marine Corps (0311) Infantry (1970 – 1976)
U.S. Navy JAG Commander, Ret. (26 years combined military service)

Past Offices Held and Tenure: Chairman of the Virginia Beach Republican Party City Committee

Community Service:
Former Chairman . Republican Party of Virginia Beach
Former Chairman . State Ethnic Coalitions Committee . Republican Party of Virginia
Chairman . Frederick Douglass Foundation of Virginia
Former Chairman . 120 Club . Republican Party of Virginia Beach
Former Member State Central Committee . Republican Party of Virginia
Former Basileus . Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Gamma Alpha Chapter
Former Board of Directors . Roanoke Bar Association
Former Board of Directors . Campus East Community Association

Leadership Experience:
Former Chairman . Republican Party of Virginia Beach
Former Chairman . State Ethnic Coalitions Committee . Republican Party of Virginia
Chairman . Frederick Douglass Foundation of Virginia
Former Chairman . 120 Club . Republican Party of Virginia Beach
Former Member State Central Committee . Republican Party of Virginia
Former Basileus . Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Gamma Alpha Chapter
Former Board of Directors . Roanoke Bar Association
Former Board of Directors . Campus East Community Association

Personal Strengths: Bilingual Fluent in Spanish

What is the most important thing Virginians need to know about you?
I am a fighter.
COURTS ADMITTED
Supreme Court of the United States
Supreme Court of the State of Iowa (by examination)
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Virginia (by examination)
United States Courts of Appeal . 4th Circuit . 8th Circuit . and 11th Circuit
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia

How would your friends and family describe you? Chuck is a patriot and a fighter. He never quits and never gives up. 

What are your thoughts on the Constitution as the Law of the Land?  United States- It is the Supreme Law of the Land, and takes a back seat to no law.

    

What are your thoughts on religious liberty? Guaranteed by the Founders in the Constitution as a restraint on government

 

What are your thoughts on the preservation of our history? Essential so that our children’s children in perpetuity will understand the essence of the United States of America.

   

What are your thought on government transparency? Essential for democratic Republic

   

What are your thoughts on national defense? Essential for the security of a Nation. Our military is no place for social experiments.

   

What are your thoughts on the free enterprise system? Essential for a free nation. We cannot national enterprise.

   

What are your thoughts on the protection of the unborn? Sacred. They depend on us to protect them life.

   

What are your thoughts on the role the family plays in America?  Essential for the development of a society.

   

What are your thoughts on equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity, as opposed to equal outcomes? Equal access is essential. Everyone begins at the same starting point.

   

What are your thoughts on the 2nd Amendment?  Shall not be infringed.

   

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