Ben Smith

Ben Smith

Constituency #31, Southampton West Central | Polling station: Mount Zion AME Church Hall

Contact details 294.3231 | [email protected]

Creating opportunity for all is a just cause, and this cause will be my central goal.
The OBA will do better for Southampton and Bermuda. We will build a better tourism and retail sector while keeping our people safe.

Candidate profile

Ben Smith was born and raised in Southampton and is the son of musical legend Hubert Smith.

He has devoted his life to developing and coaching youth in Bermuda and has carried that commitment to Parliament since being elected in 2017.

As a former competitive swimmer and now a coach, Ben knows what it means to get up before dawn and put in the hard miles needed for success.

As co-owner of a small business with his wife, Ben knows what it takes to be an entrepreneur, to build a small business in Bermuda and how to make it easier for small businesses to create good jobs and give Bermudians the chance for a better future.

Experience

  • Shadow Minister of National Security and Youth and Sport
  • Married to Katerina, a small business owner
  • Head Coach of the Sharks Swim Club and Bermuda National Swim Coach
  • Coached at 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games
  • Graduate of Port Royal School and Saltus Grammar School
  • A lifelong resident of Southampton
  • Founding member of the Association of National Sports Governing bodies
  • Attended Springfield College, Massachusetts

Service to the community

Since being elected, Ben has served as Shadow Minister of National Security and has consistently pushed for adequate funding for the police and other security services in order to ensure that all Bermudians are safe and secure. Ben supported the measures put in place for Shelter In Place but also called for the police and Bermuda Regiment to get the necessary financial support to do their jobs better.

As a small business owner, Ben has also put forward ideas for improving and saving Bermuda’s retail industry – including Customs duty breaks to make items more affordable. But has also called on retailers to provide exemplary service. We are all responsible for making Bermuda better.

We will do better

As Bermuda emerges from the Covid-19 crisis, the Island faces unprecedented challenges. Bermuda contained the Coronavirus because it came together as a community and made the sacrifices necessary. To rebuild a better Bermuda economy requires the same unity – not the divisions we saw before Covid-19. The OBA has rebuilt the Bermuda economy once and can do it again – and can do it better by putting people ahead of power, not the power before people.

Constituency 31, Southampton West Central, Bermuda