John David Smith, Jr.


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Elected as Mayor: 2016
Elected as Council President: 2019 - 2023
Term Expires: 2024

Mr. Smith has been very involved in the community since investing in Old Town Winchester in 2003, serving on the Planning Commission from 2010-2016 and the Old Town Development Board (OTDB) from 2004-2010. Mr. Smith was chairman of the OTDB from 2008-2010. He also served as a member of the Winchester Parking Authority from 2007-2008. Mr. Smith was the owner and partner of Water Street Kitchen and Village Square Restaurant & V2 Bar, both on the Loudoun Street Mall. Mr. Smith graduated from Charleston High School in Charleston, WV, and attended Marshall University in Huntington, WV, and the University of the District of Columbia.

Current Council Committees:
Community Involvement:

Virginia Board of Workforce Development     

Shenandoah University School of Business Advisory Board of Directors

Celebration of Hope

Winchester Main Street Foundation

U.S. Global Leadership Coalition

Virginia Municipal League Legislative Committee

Regional Jail Advisory Board Member

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley Garden Committee

NAACP Winchester Area Branch Executive Committee


Event Attendance Request

Interested in requesting that the Mayor attend or speak at your event? Submit the Event Attendance Request Form and someone with the City Manager's Office will contact you about your request.  Please submit requests at least 30 days in advance.

Event Request Form

Proclamation Request

If you would like to request the Mayor sign and/or present an official proclamation (must be for a recognized event or from a legal organization), please complete the request form below. Once your form has been submitted and reviewed, the City Manager's Office will contact you about your request. Complete all fields and provide as much detail as possible. Please submit requests at least 30 days in advance.

Proclamation Request Form


Mayor's Annual Report

Each year the Mayor presents an annual review at the first Council meeting of the new year to highlight accomplishments made in the previous year.


Mayor's Excellence Award

Do you know someone or a group of people doing great things in the Winchester community? Nominate them for the Mayor's Excellence Award by October 31. Award winners will be recognized at the December Council meeting and on the City's website and social media pages. Nominations accepted year-round.


"If I Were Mayor"

What would your child do if he/she were Mayor of Winchester? Have your child complete this fun worksheet and send it to the Mayor at Rouss City Hall, 15 N. Cameron Street, Winchester, VA  22601.


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