Meet Angel Smith.

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Angel Smith was born and raised in Quincy, Illinois. Her family's roots in the Tri-State area go back to the 1850s. She attended St. Anthony School, and graduated from Quincy Notre Dame High School in 1988 and Quincy University in 2008.

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She's from around here.

Angel followed in her father's footsteps and joined the U.S. Navy, attending bootcamp in Orlando, Fla. from December 1992 to February 1993. In January 2013, she returned to Orlando and posed in front of the monument erected on the site of the former Naval Recruit Training Center, wearing her dress blues uniform (which still fits!) and holding a copy of her boot camp year book, The Rudder.

Navy veteran like her dad


Angel enlisted in the Navy in 1992 and served as a Russian linguist (Cryptologic Technian - Interpretive), holding a top-secret security clearance while being stationed at intelligence collections facilities in Hawaii and England. After serving more than 12 years and attaining the rank of E-6 (Petty Officer First Class), Angel returned to Quincy and earned a master's degree in counseling from Quincy University in 2008. She is currently employed at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy and is a proud member of AFSCME Local 1787 union.

Military service

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Angel served as a volunteer at the Raptor Rehabilitation Center in 2015-2016. Below left, she is pictured holding Orville, a bald eagle who could not be released back into the wild due to blindness in one eye. Angel assisted in providing Orville with a "spa day" -- getting his claws and beak trimmed. Below right, Angel is holding the red-tailed hawk Maggie during the St. Patrick's Day parade in Quincy in 2016. 

Volunteer Work

Naval service provided Angel many opportunities to travel. Below left, she is pictured extracting molten lava (2,140 degrees F) from a flow erupting from the Kilauea volcano using a claw hammer and wearing very thick gloves. The lava was so hot, it turned her hair red!

Below right, Angel participates in a MINI Cooper road rally in Gotthard, Switzerland the day before driving over the Alps.

Seeing the world

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Angel Smith is a lifelong science fiction and fantasy fan and is shown at right posing with one of her favorite Marvel Comics characters, Captain America, at the 2019 Big River Comic Convention in Hannibal, Missouri. She also loves The Tick (in all his incarnations!) and Captain Marvel. 


Angel's moral and political beliefs were formed from listening to Gospel readings in daily Mass while attending Catholic schools. Her guiding principle in her personal and political life is "Do unto others as you would have done unto you." Her overarching goal in politics is to increase the political and economic power of the poor and working classes workers and others who have been marginalized.    

Do unto others

"Love your neighbor as yourself."

- Mark 12:31, Luke 10:27

"The Gospel takes away our right forever,

to discriminate between the deserving

and the undeserving poor."

- Dorothy Day

American journalist, social activist and Catholic convert