Steven Smith — A Luzerne County Republican committeeman who describes himself as a “white rights advocate” won another term in Tuesday’s primary election and also said he voted for Donald Trump for president.
Smith was the only candidate on the ballot for two Republican committeeman positions in Pittston’s first ward. Smith got 70 votes, and there were four write-in votes, according to unofficial election results on the county website.
The Luzerne County Republican Committee engages in political activities and is not a public or government agency. Committee Chairman Bill Urbanski said the party can’t stop Smith from being a committeeman.
“There’s no mechanism for that,” Urbanski said. “That’s how it goes.”
The party elects two committee members from each of Luzerne County’s 180 voting precincts. Only 67 candidates were on Tuesday’s ballot for those positions.
Smith was elected as a committeeman four years ago with one write-in vote. Smith said he was appointed as secretary for the committee’s third district and is responsible for meeting minutes.
The term for an elected Republican committee member is four years.
Urbanski said Smith has no influence in the party.
“I don’t agree with 95 percent of what the guy stands for,” Urbanski said. “He should be registered with the American Nazi Party.”
Smith, 45, is a truck driver, according to election records. He is founder of the European American Action Coalition. The organization “fights for the interests of Whites,” its website says.
“We believe in grassroots activity that includes getting involved in the local political process,” the website says. “We currently have one openly pro-White elected Republican Party Committeeman in our ranks and it is our goal to have many more elected officials in the future.”