Smith, Thurston “Smitty”

Meet the Candidate

Running For:
State Assembly
Political Affiliation:
(760) 553-4286
Assemblyman/Small Businessman
Biographical Info:
Thurston “Smitty” Smith is a conservative Republican and small businessman representing California’s 33rd Assembly District. A devout family man and Christian, Smitty has been married to Margaret for over 35 years, and they have raised two children together in Hesperia. In 2007, their youngest son, Brandon, tragically lost his life in an off-road motorcycle accident in the California desert. This tragedy led Smitty and his wife to establish the “Brandon E. Smith Memorial Scholarship” with the Victor Valley College Foundation to help local students achieve their educational ambitions. After two decades pumping concrete in the Southern California desert and watching middle-class families struggle under Sacramento’s job-killing agenda, Smitty decided it was time to make a difference. In 2006, Smitty’s neighbors elected him to serve as Hesperia’s Mayor, where he served two terms. In November 2020, Smitty was elected to the California State Assembly. He championed government reform, fought to increase tools available to our law enforcement officers, and is fighting against industrial grade illegal cannabis operations, often cartel-run, to keep rural California safe. Thurston “Smitty” Smith and his wife Margaret have been residents of the San Bernardino County High Desert for three decades. He understands the challenges and opportunities for our region. Smitty is well-positioned to be our common-sense voice in the California State Assembly as our conservative leader.
To restore values in California's legislature and bring back common sense policies to reduce crime and less regulations on small businesses.


Response Legend

  • YYes
  • NNo
  • Declined to Respond/Undecided, Position Unknown/Unclear
  • *Comment
  • Declined to respond, Position based on citation

Question Response Comments/Notes
1. Should California amend its Constitution to remove current limitations and codify abortion until birth as a constitutional right? (e.g., Prop 1, 2022) N* I am pro life
2. Should California require medical providers to undergo “cultural competency courses” on racial politics and sexual and gender identity to have their license renewed by the state? (e.g., AB 2194, 2022) N
3. Should California adult citizens be required to pass a background check before buying ammunition? N
4. Should California require high school students to take an Ethnic Studies course that teaches Critical Race Theory before graduating? N
5. Should California women’s prisons be required to admit biological males who self-identify as female? N
6. Would you (or did you) support requiring all insurance plans to provide elective surgical abortions for free, with no deductibles or copays copays? (e.g., SB 245, 2022) N
7. Should minors age 15 or older be allowed to consent to vaccines without parental permission? (e.g., SB 866, 2022) N
8. Would you (or did you) support the legalization of loitering for prostitution? (e.g., SB 357, 2022) N
9. Would you (or did you) support the establishment of government-sponsored drug injection centers? (e.g., SB 57, 2022) N
10. Would you (or did you) support legislation prohibiting employers from making hiring decisions based on an employee’s use of cannabis away from the workplace or traces of non-psychoactive cannabis found during drug testing? (e.g., AB 2188, 2022) N
11. Should California taxpayers fund transgender treatments for minors, including puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and sex-change operations? (e.g., AB 2218, 2020; AB 2521, 2022) N
12. Should California require Peace Officers to undergo a “bias evaluation” that includes sexual orientation and gender identity? (e.g., AB 2229, 2022) N