TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! SHOCK!!! MISSOURI SECRETARY OF STATE JASON KANDER ENDORSES JACKSON COUNTY CONTENDER SHERWOOD SMITH!!!
FIRST ON TKC . . . A real political SHOCKER for close watchers of Kansas City and Missouri politics . . .
IN A RARE POLITICAL MOVE . . . MISSOURI SECRETARY OF STATE ENDORSES JACKSON COUNTY CANDIDATE SHERWOOD SMITH!!!
This one is surprising because SOS Kander is known for staying above the fray of local political battles.
But Insiders tell us this pick has a lot to do with SOS Kander's ongoing quest to clean up local politics . . . And maybe a bit of long standing beef with a few denizens of the courthouse.
Check the note:
SECRETARY OF STATE JASON KANDER ENDORSES SHERWOOD SMITH
Jackson County native cites Smith’s support for accountable and ethical government, campaign finance limits
Kansas City, MO – Today, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander announced his endorsement of Fire Fighter Captain Sherwood Smith in the August 5th Jackson County Primary Election, joining Attorney General Chris Koster and U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in supporting Smith.
“Jackson County’s importance to the rest of Missouri cannot be overstated, which is why statewide officials, myself included, are taking this County race seriously,” said Secretary of State Kander, who previously represented Kansas City in the Missouri House of Representatives. “I proudly endorse Sherwood Smith, a public servant who has risked his life for the public’s safety and has devoted his career to fighting for working families.”
“Sherwood Smith’s commitment to open and honest government, county campaign finance limits, and an economic agenda aimed first and foremost at combating poverty and inequality shows how clearly he understands the importance of making government work for working people. That’s why he has my strong endorsement and support,” Kander added.
“In this county, we so regularly bemoan low turnout in elections and a deficit of civic engagement, but we too rarely ask why,” said Smith. “Voter apathy and frustration are understandable when government is not willing to stand up for economic equality and opportunity, living wages, or crime prevention in the face of yet another blood drenched, violent summer.”
“Let me be real. I spent a career as an advocate for workers’ rights and living wages fighting to make government listen to us,” said Smith. “I’ve seen it first hand: more money in politics is more problems in government, which is why I will strongly pursue campaign finance limits for all levels of County Government. If we want a government that is responsive to the needs of working people first, then we need to rid ourselves of the corrupting influence of unlimited cash in our campaigns, and shed the shroud of secrecy under which parochial self-interests dominate our county politics.”
“As I have spent time everyday talking to families on their doorsteps about this election, to them, our government feels far away,” noted Smith. “We need to show them again that this is their government, and that their government can be their sword and their shield, fighting and protecting. If these families give me the chance to serve them on the Legislature, as I have served our city for the last 23 years, I will fight tirelessly to restore that faith in our government that they have long lost.”
Smith is one of two Democrats running in the August 5th primary election for the Jackson County Legislature, First District At-Large. The First District At-Large seat was previously held by Theresa Garza Ruiz, who also endorsed Smith after she decided not to seek reelection. Secretary of State Kander joins Garza Ruiz, Attorney General Chris Koster, the Committee for County Progress, and a host of other elected officials and community leaders, including U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, in endorsing Smith.
As Jackson County Legislator, Sherwood will fight for economic dignity and ensure that our tax dollars promote local businesses and fair labor practices. Sherwood will promote an economic agenda aimed at helping workers by promoting and attracting long-term jobs with higher wages. Sherwood will do the fiscally smart work of stopping unnecessary corporate tax breaks and handouts, making sure that county incentives work for all of us, not just for some of us. Detailed information about Sherwood’s campaign and background can be found at http://