Demone A. Smith is a native of Buffalo, New York. He is a graduate of the City of Buffalo Public Schools #69 and Burgard High School. Demone was active in student government and activities, a varsity letterman and recipient of numerous awards and accolades. Demone received a Baccalaureate degree in political science from Wilberforce University, the nation’s oldest private African American University. While at Wilberforce, Demone was active in Student Government & activities, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., a tutor, as well as a recipient of numerous awards and accolades from the University, the student body and surrounding community. Demone Smith has been active in the education, civic responsibility and political awareness of his generation, as well as older and younger generations in the City of Buffalo, Erie County and the State of New York. Currently, Demone is a Board Member of the Erie County Community Action Organization, Regional President of the Coalition of Black Elected Democrats (COBED), Past-Western Vice-President of New York State Young Democrats, member of the Executive Committee of the Boys Scouts, member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Paramount F&M Lodge # 73, Wyoming Street Block Club, Beverly Road Block Club and Hamlin Park Taxpayers Association. Demone began his first elected term as Erie County Legislator in January, 2004. He has since established himself as willing to go beyond what is required for success. He is also dedicated to improving the welfare of others and has a sincere compassion to the constituents he serves. As Erie County Legislator, Demone was an advocate of economic, social and environmental justice, as well as a fighter for middle class, working poor and impoverished residents. In the Legislature, Demone stood for safe people, neighborhoods and work places, a fair tax system and distribution of resources, coordinated services and the establishment of partnerships to bring about a fair, responsive and responsible County Government. Demone served as Chair of the Finance and Management Committee, Vice-Chair of the Community Services Committee and member of the Public Safety Committee. As a Common Council Member for the Masten District since January 1, 2008, for the last 5 months, Demone has brought an extensive knowledge base, sound insight and a sincere admiration for the City, neighborhoods and residents he serves. Demone is a member of the congregation at Our Savior Lutheran Church and married to the former Jayme Glover.