By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer
On August 5, Jackson County voters in the 1st District are going to have a tough choice to make when selecting between two qualified and deserving candidates.
Frank White and Sherwood Smith are both great people and great candidates with similar platforms.
White, a former baseball player who was a member of the Royals’ 1985 World Championship, is a homegrown hero active in various groups and organizations as well as a T-Bones coach.
White’s campaign is focusing on making sure that COMBAT remains effective in its continued efforts in reducing the drugs and violence that are plaguing our children and our neighborhoods.
White wants to find creative ways for children to have safe activities that would keep them from dangerous situations such as those noted on the Plaza.
White also wants for the County’s parks to expand health and recreational programs for youth, families and senior citizens.
Lastly, he wants to ensure that fair and equitable property taxes or accessed no matter where people live.
“I just want to serve and fight for the people of Jackson County and bring a voice of reason to the Legislature,” White said.
His opponent in the race, Smith, is also well known throughout the community also working in several organizations and as a fire union leader.
Smith faced an up hill battle after White entered the race because of the overwhelming name recognition
Throughout two decades of service as a fire fighter and community leader, Smith has earned several successes as a tireless, aggressive advocate for the many important causes to which he remains devoted. As a proud resident of Jackson County, he is active in several political, community, and civic activities and organizations.
He is the current Vice President and Emeritus President of the Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters, which oversees all legislative matters in the State of Missouri concerning Public Safety, and currently serves as an Executive Board Member on the Committee for County Progress, the Citizens Association, and Freedom, Inc.
Smith was the first African American to be elected President of any state’s Fire Fighter’s association in the country. And Smith has run the political arm of the organization
Smith is also a past recipient of the Harry S Truman Democratic Achievement Award, “in recognition of dedication, commitment, and outstanding contributions to the Democratic party.
“We must keep our neighborhoods safe by working to prevent crimes before they happen. I will fund enhanced technologies and improved drug prevention programs. Let’s stop unnecessary corporate tax breaks and handouts, and make sure that county incentives work for all, not just some,” Smith said.
Smith is also wants to give working families a chance to join the middle class again and earn a living and dignified wages.
Both candidates are products of the Kansas City, Mo., Public schools and are both married with children and are life long residents of Kansas City.
Both candidates have a string of political endorsements. Smith has managed to gathered many influential endorsements early in the race, before White officially entered the race.
2nd District Candidate
Candidates for the 2nd District of Jackson County include, Alfred Jordan, Sterling Brown and Zachary L. Berkstresser.
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