Ace Smith tells his story
Ace – his given name is Averell, but his nickname stuck – cut his political teeth decades ago on the successful campaign of his father, Arlo Smith, for district attorney of San Francisco. Later, Arlo ran for state attorney general but lost by an eyelash; Memories of that race and the lessons learned remain vivid more than 30 years later. Smith’s more recent efforts include the launching of Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign and the handling of Rick Caruso’s unsuccessful fight against Karen Bass for mayor of Los Angeles. In a new Oral History, Smith shares the story of his life in politics.