Alderman Patty Smith has been a resident of Aurora since 1990. All three of her children - Kathryn, Gregory and Elizabeth - were born and raised in the Eighth Ward in the Oakhurst neighborhood. Her oldest daughter, Kathryn, was born with Down Syndrome and that was the catalyst that inspired Smith to begin advocating for her daughter and to accept the call to help others throughout the community.
For nearly three decades, Smith has volunteered for a plethora of organizations, including serving as director of the Indian Prairie Education Foundation, board member at Gigi’s Playhouse Fox Valley, chairman of the National Association for Down Syndrome West Suburban Chapter and PTA President at Indian Prairie Pre-School, Steck Elementary School, Granger Middle School and Waubonsie Valley High School.
In 2008, Smith was received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the City of Aurora.
She is currently an ABA Certified Paralegal at Prairie State Legal Services where she works with attorneys to provide free legal services for low-income individuals and families.
Alderman Smith is the Vice Chairperson to the Public Health, Safety and Transportation Committee (PHST) and member of the Rules, Administration and Procedures (RAP) Committee and is looking forward to serving the residents of the Eighth Ward as she begins her first term in office.