Jason Smith, owner of the Chipley dojo Believe Martial Arts, announced he is running for the District 2 seat on the Washington County School Board.

“For the past 15 years, my journey has been deeply intertwined with our community, serving as an educator in martial arts, fitness, and life skills development,” Smith said. “This isn’t just a profession; it’s a passion, a commitment to empower our community from the ground up.”

Over the last three years, Smith said he has been “deeply involved in child development,” earning certifications that have “not only enhanced my teaching methods” but have also deepened his understanding of the unique needs of our children. 

“Education isn’t one-size-fits-all, and this knowledge equips me to provide insight into our educational approaches of the diverse needs of our community,” he said.

Smith said one of the greatest blessings in his life has been the opportunity to partner with local schools on numerous occasions. 

“Collaborating with educators, parents, and administrators, I’ve witnessed firsthand the challenges and triumphs within our education system,” he said. “It’s been a privilege to contribute to initiatives that propel our children toward success.”

Smith has been married to his high school sweetheart for 16 years, and are the “proud parents” of three “remarkable children,” ages eight, six, and four, all attending county schools. 

“We have a vested interest in the quality of education that shapes the future of our children,” he said.

Smith was born and raised in Washington County and “a product of our school system.” 

“The values instilled in me during my formative years in Washington County School laid the foundation for my academic and professional journey,” he said. “Now, I am eager to give back, ensuring that every child in our district has access to an education that not only imparts knowledge but also cultivates character and resilience.”

Smith said if elected as the next school board member, his commitment will be “unwavering.”

“I pledge to serve our dedicated teachers, work collaboratively with the administration, engage with families, and, above all, champion the interests of our children,” he said. “Education is the cornerstone of a thriving community, and together, we can build a legacy of excellence for generations to come.”

Smith said he is “honored to take on this responsibility” and “excited about the opportunity” to contribute to the “transformation and progress of our educational landscape.”

“As we embark on this journey together, I invite you to join me in building a brighter future for Washington County,” he said. “Let’s invest not just in education but in the limitless potential of every child. Together, we can ensure that our schools become beacons of inspiration, knowledge, and growth.”