Jason Smith has deep roots in the Banning Unified community. A 1993 graduate of Banning High School, he also attended Hoffer and Hemmerling elementary schools in the district.
After high school, Smith attended Mt. San Jacinto College, where he played football. He then joined the U.S. Army, and he later worked for the City of Banning. He trained as a lineman in the city’s utility department, eventually becoming a crew supervisor and electric operations manager.
In 2015, Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Redlands. Once he reaches retirement, Smith plans to earn a teaching credential and coach high school football.