The Honorable Carole Clark

League "Making Democracy Work Award" Bestowed on Judge Carole Clark

At the August 26th celebration of Women's Equality Day, League members and guests will recognize the Honorable Carole Clark, Judge of the 321st District Family Court for her leadership and her advocacy for Smith County's children.   

The event takes place 11:30 AM  to 1 PM at the Taylor Auditorium, Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College, in Tyler.  

Watch You Tube video of  former sheriff J. B. Smith lauding Clark for her work.  


The Making Democracy Work Award

The Making Democracy Work Award is an annual tribute given by the League of Women Voters of Tyler/Smith County to individuals whose work has cultivated a broader community awareness of the aspirations and ideals inherent in our governmental policies. Through their work, recipients educate, enrich and inspire a deeper appreciation of our community, our State, and our Country.

Previous recipients of the League’s award include: former League presidents Scherel Carver and Dee Brock, Ph.D., LWV member Shirley Hightower, the Hon. Judith Guthrie, and Smith County Elections Administrator Karen Nelson.

J.B. Smith to Speak

J. B. Smith, former Smith County Sheriff, nationally noted humorist, speaker, author, and Emmy-Award winning radio host, will talk briefly about his history working with Judge Clark in Smith County's criminal justice system. One of the longest-serving sheriffs in the history of Texas, Smith served Smith County from 1976 until January 1st, 2013. He managed a department of 350 personnel and approximately 1,000 prisoners. When Smith found that 75% did not have a high school education, it prompted him to contact the Texas Education Agency to help implement GED classes within the detention facilities. As a 20-year member of the National Speakers Association, the sheriff has spoken at organizations throughout the nation and on six occasions was asked by the military to be the keynote speaker for our troops returning from Afghanistan.