Tom Smith, a multimillionaire who entered statewide Pennsylvania politics over the last decade, passed away on Saturday just a few days before his 68th birthday.
Afterwards, Smith flirted with runs for Governor and Congress but decided against them. It was Smith’s unexpected withdrawal from a PA-9 GOP primary last July when we were first made aware that he was having health problems.
Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement:
“We knew Tom Smith as a candidate, supporter and committed citizen who deeply believed in the promise of the Commonwealth and our country. He was a success as a farmer, a businessman, and, most importantly, as a husband, father and grandfather to a wonderful family. Tom Smith lived his life to the fullest.”
“On behalf of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, I extend my heartfelt sympathies to his wife, Saundy, and all of his children and grandchildren. He will be deeply missed.”