“EMILY’s List is thrilled to endorse Sharetta Smith in the race for mayor of Lima, OH. After nearly five years working as the mayor’s chief of staff, Smith has a unique understanding of the challenges facing Lima and its residents. She is well equipped to improve public safety, expand economic opportunities, invest in Lima’s neighborhoods, strengthen the education system, and help to build a better city for all. We look forward to supporting Sharetta Smith’s historic campaign to become the first woman and first Black mayor of Lima.”
Sharetta Smith’s grandparents came to Lima almost 80 years ago to work in the area’s steel mills. She was the child of an incarcerated parent and later became a young mom on public assistance while in college and law school. She survived cancer, fought her way out of poverty, and eventually became a public servant, serving first as assistant district public defender and later as a magistrate for Tennessee’s 11th judicial district. Most recently, Smith served as chief of staff for the City of Lima under outgoing Mayor David Berger. If elected, Sharetta Smith would be the first woman and first Black mayor of Lima.
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