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Missouri’s top cop cites Smith’s public service experience

Kansas City, MO – Today, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced his endorsement of Fire Fighter Captain Sherwood Smith in the Jackson County Legislature, First District At-Large Democratic Primary.

“Sherwood Smith has literally risked his life in the line of duty, earning two Medals of Bravery,” said Attorney General Koster. “As a Fire Fighter Captain, Sherwood knows what it takes to keep our neighborhoods safe by working to prevent the root causes of crime and stopping crimes before they are committed.”

“Sherwood will work to improve drug prevention programs and fund state-of-the-art crime prevention technologies,” noted Koster. “He will focus on improving education and business growth policies in order to prevent violent crime from happening in the first place.”

“I couldn’t be prouder to have earned Attorney General Koster’s endorsement and support for my public safety experience and ideas,” said Smith. “My plan is to work with local law enforcement to enhance programs and services for former felons and at-risk youth. Increasing community policing programs and interrupting the cycle of violence before it starts will work. With partners like Attorney General Koster, we will continue our fight against the mindless menace of violence in Jackson County.”

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. Koster joins Garza Ruiz and a host of other elected officials and community leaders, including U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, in endorsing Smith. Smith’s full list of supporters may be found online at

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


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