TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! TOLD YOU SO: SHERWOOD SMITH FORMALLY ANNOUNCES JACKSON COUNTY CANDIDACY!!!
TKC NOTE: We hinted at this campaign LAST YEAR and now here is the FORMAL and rather cleverly worded announcement that name checks virtually every political power player in town.
VETERAN FIRE FIGHTER CAPTAIN SHERWOOD SMITH ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR OPEN SEAT ON JACKSON COUNTY LEGISLATURE
Early, bipartisan endorsements from elected officials, community leaders for Smith pave way for early campaign success
Kansas City, MO – Today Sherwood Smith, a veteran fire fighter captain of over twenty-three years, announced his candidacy for the Jackson County Legislature, First District At-Large, as a Democrat with a wide array of early and bipartisan endorsements.
“I’m proud and fortunate to have received such a wide array of political and community support,” said Smith. “Jackson County is facing many opportunities and challenges— Kansas City’s construction employment grew by 13% in 2013, banks are lending locally again at rates we have not seen in years, and we have viable plans for a regional, multimodal transit system.”
“If we want to maximize these early successes,” said Smith, “we have to work better with each city and each chamber of commerce in this county, to help orchestrate and plan regional growth through our shared resources, to finally compete again on the national stage. That’s why I am running for the County Legislature.”
Jackson County’s First District At-Large is currently represented by County Legislator Theresa Garza Ruiz, who has decided not to seek reelection for this seat. Smith is the only candidate to announce his candidacy for the currently uncontested First District At-Large seat.
“I am honored to endorse Sherwood for the First District At-Large seat which I have proudly served for two terms,” said Garza Ruiz, the County’s Legislative Vice Chair.
“Jackson County is poised for continued, widespread growth if our constituent elements work together towards a common vision. I know Sherwood has the experience as a leader and as a coalition builder to help unite our many communities for shared prosperity.”
Smith has received bipartisan endorsements and support from elected officials, business, and community leaders such as
Hon. Theresa Garza Ruiz, Hon. Sly James, Hon. Becky Nace, Hon. Jolie Justus, Hon. Shalonn “Kiki” Curls, Hon. Jason Holsman, Hon. Paul LeVota, Hon. Yvonne Wilson, Hon. Gail McCann Beatty, Hon. Cindy Circo, Hon. John Sharp, Hon. Jan Marcason, Hon. Judy Morgan, Hon. Brandon Ellington, Hon. Bonnaye Mims, Hon. Scott Taylor, Hon. Curt Dougherty, Hon. Joe Runions, Hon. Scott Wagner, Hon. Melba Curls, Hon. Brent Steeno, Hon. Tom McDonald, Hon. Jermaine Reed, Hon. Robert Palmer, Hon. Dan Tarwater, Hon. Kevin McManus, Hon. Cathy Jolly, Tim Kristl, Charles Renner, Rev. Dr. Emanuel Cleaver, III, Conrad Fire Equipment, Kansas City Fire Fighters Local 42, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 50, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 99, Carpenters District Council, Laborers Local 264, Central Jackson County Fire Fighters Local 3133, Lee’s Summit Fire Fighters Local 3808, Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters, Independence Fire Fighters Local 781, the Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO, and the Hispanic Organization for Justice and Equality.
“I am honored to have the support of such a diverse group of public servants and business and community leaders,” said Smith. “These leaders each share a vision and commitment to bringing our County together. Their endorsements make clear that we can reach across the aisle and across our different cities to work together to bring new ideas, new jobs, and new growth to Jackson County.”
“I am looking forward to listening to the many, diverse voices of my neighbors in Jackson County,” said Smith. “I am ready to provide a type of leadership that rises above Republican or Democrat. If we want a better county, we have to overcome our partisan and parochial differences.”
Jackson County’s First District—effective 2014—includes parts of Kansas City, Independence, Sugar Creek, Buckner, Levasy, Blue Springs, Lake Tapawingo, Grain Valley, Sibley, and Oak Grove. Sherwood Smith’s candidacy is focused on bringing Jackson County voters together to put good government and quality leadership above partisan, parochial politics and special interests. Smith lives with his wife and family in Kansas City, Missouri. Detailed information about Sherwood’s campaign and background can be found at