Pledges to fight for all workers to ‘make a difference’ in Jeff City
Robin Smith, a union member for over four decades and Emmy Award winning former news anchor and reporter on KMOV Channel 4 has received the unanimous endorsement of the Missouri AFL-CIO and the Missouri Teamsters representing 16 locals throughout Missouri as the Democratic candidate for Secretary of State.
A familiar face to St. Louis viewers, Smith proudly pointing out “I’m not a career politician” left Channel 4 last year after 41 years as an outstanding TV reporter to run for Secretary of State.
“After reporting on problems in Jefferson City for years, I was appalled at the way so many right-wing Republicans were treating Missourians. I believe that if you want to see change you have to step up and do something about it, so I left TV to make a difference.”
Smith is well qualified to replace current Secretary of State Jason Kander who is running to replace U.S. Senator Roy Blunt. She holds a graduate degree in business as well as a degree in communications arts and psychology from Lindenwood College.
LIFE-LONG UNION MEMBER
Smith has been a member of a member of SAG/AFTRA for her entire career. She proudly notes that she’s part of a true labor family: her husband Isaac "Bud" Stallworth, a former NBA pro basketball player, is a member of the NBA Players Association.
“I’ve proudly lived my live as a dues paying union member since starting in television at the age of 19,” Smith says. “I understand working families and how they are being mistreated in Jefferson City.
“As your next Secretary of State I am committed to protecting all working families, especially the voting rights of 250,000 Missourian, with special concern for the more than a quarter of a million voters who are the fragile elderly, poor, disabled, students and minorities who could lose their constitutional rights to vote under proposed Republican Missouri Voter Photo ID law.”
The Secretary of State’s broad responsibilities play a key role in maintaining an atmosphere to foster business growth (all corporations have to come through that office), to protect seniors from fraud, to help families for example wanting to adopt a child and so much more, she added.
“More than 80 percent of Missouri residents are fed up with career politicians. I fully agree. I fit the bill to bring a new voice to Jefferson City for ALL working families in Missouri.”
ASKS FOR YOUR HELP
Smith told the Labor Tribune she appreciates support from her union brothers, sisters and organizations.
“I invite and encourage the 50,000 union households who depend on the Labor Tribune to make my social media links about my candidacy ‘go viral.’”
To spread the word about the importance of her campaign in protecting voters and to learn more on how you can get involved, make a contribution or volunteer, you can reach Smith by email at RobinSmithMO@gmail.com, on Facebook at RobinSmith2016 or follow her on twitter: @withrobinsmith. Her web site is www.robinsmith2016.com.