Sharetta Smith

Mayor, Lima

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My roots extend across 5 generations starting with my grandparents who came to Lima almost 80 years ago to work in Lima’s steel mills. Coming from a large family, I grew up surrounded by a community of hard-working, caring, people who despite tough times, always taught and believed that better days were ahead.

I have over a decade of experience working in the judicial and executive branches of local government beginning with my service as an Assistant District Public Defender and later a Magistrate for Tennessee’s 11th Judicial District, and most recently as Chief of Staff for the City of Lima under Lima Mayor David Berger.

Before I earned those awards or degrees, or became a public defender, a magistrate, or chief of staff, I was the child of an incarcerated parent, and later a young mom on public assistance while matriculating through college and later law school. I’ve survived cancer and also fought my way out of poverty. That’s’ the Sharetta that shows up for work every day. That is the Sharetta that listens to her community, that fights for her community, that works with her community, and believes that Lima’s best days are ahead of her.

I am running for mayor because I believe that Lima needs leadership that not only understands, but is also qualified to do the job of a mayor. I am running because I am that leader.

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