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McCaskill cites Smith’s public safety experience and commitment to economic dignity as reasons for endorsement

Kansas City, MO – Today, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) endorsed Fire Fighter Captain Sherwood Smith for the Jackson County Legislature, First District At-Large, building more support for the campaign after Smith’s successful financial quarter announced in April.

“Fighting to keep our neighborhoods safe and expanding job opportunities for working families aren't anything new for Sherwood Smith,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill. “He's a fire fighter captain with more than 23 years of experience who's earned two Medals of Bravery. He’s proven his willingness to fight for economic dignity and higher wages—and he’s worked to ensure that Missourians' tax dollars are spent wisely. That’s what he’ll do as your County Legislator, and that's why he has my endorsement.”

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 has decided not to seek reelection.

Garza Ruiz also endorsed Smith in the August 5th primary.

Sen. McCaskill joins Democratic Party and Civic leaders who have endorsed Smith, including Hon. Mayor Sly James, Legislator Theresa Garza-Ruiz, Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo, Councilwoman Jan Marcason, Councilman John Sharp, Councilman Scott Taylor, Councilwomen Melba Curls, Councilman Jermaine Reed, Councilman Scott Wagner, Councilman Curt Dougherty, Councilwoman Beth Gottstein-Thompson (ret), Sen. Kiki Curls, Sen. Jason Holsman, Sen. Jolie Justus, Sen. Paul LeVota, Sen. Yvonne Wilson (ret.), Rep. Brandon Ellington, Rep. Gail McCann-Beatty, Rep. Tom McDonald, Rep. Kevin McManus, Rep. Bonnaye Mims, Rep. Judy Morgan, Rep. John Rizzo, Rep. Joe Runions, Hon. Cathy Jolly, Legislator Dan Tarwater, Legislator James Tindal, Councilman Brent Steeno, Kansas City Fire Fighters, Lee's Summit Fire Fighters, Independence Fire Fighters, Raytown Fire Fighters, Central Jackson County Fire Fighters, Fraternal Order of Police, Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters, Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO, Building and Construction Trades Council, Rev. Emanuel Cleaver III, Lisa and Brenda Pelofski, Katherine Shields, Carpenters District Council, Laborers Local 264, IBEW Local 124, IBEW Local 53, Hispanic Organization for Justice & Equality, Dorothy Kennedy, Rosa James, Becky Nace, Chere Chaney, Andrea Bough, Garry Kemp, Gayle Holiday, Craig Bland, Vince Accurso, Pat McInerney, Luther Washington, Geoff Jolley, Calvin Wiliford, Dick Rhyne, Geoff Gerling, Phil Cardarella, Phil Scaglia, Mary O'Halloran, Marilyn Sharpiro, Harris Wilder, Richard Martin, Steve Glorioso, Matt Dameron, and Annmarie Jackson.

As a Fire Fighter Captain with over 23 years of experience, Sherwood Smith, a two time Medal of Bravery winner, knows that we must keep our neighborhoods safe by working to prevent crimes before they happen. Now, labor advocate and union leader Smith is running for the County Legislature because he believes that it is time to give working families a chance to join the middle class again and earn living, dignified wages. Having served on several political boards and commissions, including some appointed by the Governor, Sherwood has built coalitions and leveraged influence to help pass serious, much needed reforms for working Missouri families.

As Jackson County Legislator, Sherwood will fight for economic dignity and ensure that our tax dollars promote local businesses, fair labor practices, and 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://www.sherwoodforjacksoncounty.com/.


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