N. Leonard "Len" Smith
(born March 13, 1929 Philadelphia
) is an American politician
from New Jersey
. He was a 2006 independent candidate for the United States Senate
, a former member of the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders
, and is a pro-life
Smith was born in Philadelphia on March 13, 1929. He graduated from Lower Camden County Regional High School
in 1947 and LaSalle College
Smith served in the U.S. Army from February 1951 to February 1953, and served 9 months in Korea.
Smith is a retired public school teacher in History and English with 30 years of experience. He also has coached running (track and cross country) at the high school and college level for more than 50 years.
In 1956, Smith was elected to the Clementon Borough Council. In 1961, he was elected to the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders as a republican for one term, where he served as Director of Revenue and Finance.
After serving as a Freeholder in Camden County, Smith moved to Atlantic County and lived in Northfield for 38 years. While there, he was elected to the Northfield Board of Education. He recently moved within Atlantic County and currently resides in Hammonton.
In 1976, Smith was a candidate for the republican nomination for U.S. Senate. He lost to David Norcross,who went on to lose to Harrison Williams in the general election.
Smith is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Knights of Columbus, and the Northfield Historical Society.
Smith is a Roman Catholic and a widower. He and his wife of 45 years, the late Lois Smith (née Kinsley), raised 10 children. In 2002, Smith's family received the “Family of the Year” award from the Family Service Association for South Jersey.
2006 campaign for U.S. Senate
Smith was the only pro-life
candidate who ran for the U.S. Senate from New Jersey in 2006. He describes this as being his "major motivation" for being a candidate because Republican Thomas Kean, Jr.
and Democrat Bob Menendez
both support abortion rights
Also, Smith supported the War on Terrorism and the Iraq War. Moreover, he supported veterans care and services. In addition, he supported cutting taxes, spending, and waste and favored balanced budgets.
During the senate campaign, New Jersey political pundit David P. Rebovich had written that Smith's presence in the race could divert conservative and pro-life votes from Kean that would otherwise go to Kean in the absence of a pro-life candidate being on the general election ballot. Smith was endorsed by New Jersey Right To Life Political Action Committee.
Activities in the Pro-Life movement
Smith has been very active in the Pro-Life movement. He served as Chairman of the Respect Life Committee for St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church in Northfield. He has coordinated transportation for the annual March for Life
in Washington, D.C. for Atlantic
, Cape May
, and Cumberland
Counties and was the co-coordinator of the Atlantic County Life Chain