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Emily’s List endorses sharetta smith in race for mayor of lima, ohio

For Immediate Release October 14, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Sharetta Smith for mayor of Lima, OH. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILY’s List, released the following statement:

“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. 

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY’s List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running nearly $50 million in independent expenditures in the last cycle alone, and turning out women voters and voters of color to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country’s first woman as vice president, 158 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40 percent of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. After the 2016 election, more than 60,000 women reached out to EMILY’s List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state, and national offices. In our effort to elect more women in offices across the country, we have created our Run to Win program, expanded our training program, including a Training Center online, and trained thousands of women.


Lima City Councilman jamie dixon endorses sharetta smith

PRESS RELEASE – Monday, Oct. 4, 2021 – LIMA, OH –

Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) endorsed nonprofit leader and executive Sharetta Smith for mayor of Lima. It’s the first time the Senator has weighed into Lima’s mayoral race and a pivotal moment for the campaign.

“We have so much potential in our beloved city, and we need leaders who will get to work for our greatest asset, our people –that’s why I’m proud to endorse Justin Bibb as the next mayor of Lima. I see a bright future with Justin Bibb as mayor,” said Senator Brown.

“Sharetta is a living example of what the Dignity of Work can do for someone from Mt. Pleasant with two hard-working parents.”

“As mayor, he will fight every day to make sure every Clevelander has that same opportunity. Sharetta has the unique experience, the character, and the courage to deliver results. She loves our city and he will fight for the people who make it work,” he added.

Senator Brown is excited to endorse Sharetta’s campaign as a part of his Canary Candidates program, which supports candidates running for local, state, and federal office across Ohio who believe in and fight for the Dignity of Work.

“It is an honor to receive U.S. Senator Brown’s endorsement today. He is a champion of working families across our city, state, country and is beloved by our community for doing the right thing, speaking truth to power and always staying true to his values. That’s exactly the kind of leader I will be for the city that raised me,” Smith said.


Smith Announces Campaign Headquarters Opening

LIMA – Lima  mayoral candidate Sharetta Smith announced the opening of the Sharetta Smith For Mayor Campaign headquarters will happen tomorrow, March 25th at 5:30pm. The campaign will host regular canvasses and phone banks and distribute yard signs and other campaign paraphernalia out of the headquarters. 

“I am so proud of the grassroots, citywide movement we are creating to usher in Lima’s next chapter,” Smith said. “There is a desire for people to get active and get in the fight for Lima’s future, and this will be a place where we can continue to build on that momentum and bring together a campaign that believes in Lima and our ability to collectively move our city forward.”

The office opening will include a campaign update from Smith, opportunities to sign up to volunteer and pick up yard signs. Masks will be required. The event is open to the press.  

The campaign office is located at 310 E Market St. 

Sharetta Smith For Mayor Campaign Releases Video Highlighting Sharetta’s Commitment to “Service”

LIMA, OH -Today, Lima mayoral candidate Sharetta Smith released her third campaign video, “Service”.  The video was filmed throughout Lima and featured several community leaders such as Dan Anderson, President of Diversified Supply, Jackie Fox, CEO of the Western Ohio Community Action Partnership, and Dr.Brian LaMont Monford Sr., pastor at Philippian Church, among others. The community leaders spoke to Sharetta’s commitment to and passion for service. 

“I think a leader has to have the passion to do the work. I know Sharetta Smith has that passion, and commitment, she cares about the Lima community and she cares about the people in it,” said Jackie Fox. 

The video also emphasized Smith will be a mayor who is compassionate and will prioritize the issues important to Lima residents

“As your mayor, I will focus on what matters,” says Smith.  “I’m running for Mayor because I believe that together we can build a better future for all of us,” said Smith. 

Smith grew up in Lima.  After years of serving citizens in another state as a public defender, and later a magistrate, she moved back home to Lima to give back to the city that gave her so much. 

“Lima, our next chapter starts with us. I came home because I believed that I could make a difference. Now, I’m running for mayor because I believe that together we can make a bigger difference, but more importantly a better city that works for all of us.” 

Smith shared the video on the campaign’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.