DAVID TYSON SMITH
in his nomination for the
45TH HOUSE DISTRICT SEAT IN THE MISSOURI LEGISLATURE
"I am writing to publicly endorse David Tyson Smith, Esq. (David) for the Missouri House of Representatives District 45. I urge you, my fellow citizens to do the same and most certainly to vote for his affirmation of David on April 6, 2021. With our support, David will fill and serve in the seat vacated by former Representative, Kip Kendrick." Click for more...
Former State Representative, (HD 45)
“With David’s experience as an attorney, his years of involvement in the community, and his calming and professional demeanor, I am confident that he will represent the 45th well as an effective member of the Missouri General Assembly.”
Legislative Black Caucus Member,
State Representative, (HD 86)
Legislative Black Caucus Member,
State Representative, (HD 28)
State Representative, (HD 46)
“David has been an engaged advocate on important Columbia issues for years and his legal and policy expertise will be a tremendous addition to the lawmaking process in Jefferson City. I am proud to endorse David Tyson Smith for House District 45."
Legislative Black Caucus Member,
State Representative, (HD 85)
"I am honored to support David Tyson Smith for State Representative of the 45th District. In our short time of knowing each other David has shown the professionalism, dedication, and flexibility that Missourians expect of our elected officials. David’s expertise, empathy, and life experiences will be of immediate benefit to the Missouri Legislature which is why I look forward to working with him to move Missouri forward.”
Former Democratic State Party Chair,
Former State Representative,
"David Tyson Smith is a talented, passionate advocate who will be an important voice for Columbia."
Missouri State Auditor
“I’m supporting David Tyson Smith for Missouri House of Representatives District 45 and hope you will join me. David has Columbia roots and a passion for public service. David will be a champion for voting rights, social justice, and economic empowerment in the Missouri legislature. I look forward to working with him to advance good policy and good government in Jefferson City. Please cast your vote on Tuesday, April 6 for David Tyson Smith for HD 45.”
Former member of the Missouri House and Senate
“In the past, I have reached out to David Tyson Smith to consider running for office. I’m certain he has all the qualities necessary to represent the people of the 45 th and be a very effective legislator. I strongly encourage you to support his candidacy. He will need financial support, volunteers, and most importantly, your vote. It gives me hope to see a person of his caliber running for office. He is a perfect candidate."
Attorney, Law Office of William Ellis
"I’ve known David Smith for more than 30 years. He’s an extremely conscientious person and tenacious advocate for justice. He’s got my full support in his campaign to present House District 45 in Jefferson City, and I encourage you to give him your support, too.”
Former MU Basketball Center, Battle High School Freshman Coach
"On the court I was #32, the biggest guy around, and lived for Border War battles. With a few more years of life behind me now, basketball is still in my blood, but so is my desire to make Columbia, the state—heck, the world—a better place. That’s why I’m urging you to vote for my friend, David Tyson Smith, for state representative. He may have lost his edge on the basketball court, but in a court of law, he is the MAN! And I know he’ll bring that same drive and determination to the Missouri legislature."
Trauma Surgeon, Mercy Hospital, St. Louis
"Dave is a dear friend from high school in Columbia. We have been able to keep in touch through social media. I’m so proud of the work he has done in my hometown and the community leader he has become! For many many years I told him that he should run for mayor of Columbia. I often referred to him as “Mr Mayor”. It was an ongoing “joke”, but I was wholeheartedly serious the whole time.When he announced that he was throwing his hat in the ring for state politics, I was incredibly thrilled! There really is no one that I can think of who would better represent his district and ALL of his constituents. My only regret is that I am not able to cast my vote for him. But I am throwing my full-hearted and full-throated support behind this campaign!!
As our good friend T Mac, Travis McDonald, said,” David Tyson Smith is the representative Missouri needs right now!” I encourage everyone in Missouri’s 45th to vote for this extraordinary man. A bright and shining star with no ceiling to his future!!"
Boone County attorney and civil liberties activist
"I have long thought of David as the Barack Obama of Boone County. We are very lucky that he is willing to represent us in the MO General Assembly.”
Former MU Linebacker
"There are a handful of things that David Tyson Smith and I have in common. One of those is our love for the University of Missouri. While I was more likely to tackle our opponents running back, David’s the man who can tackle the tough problems facing Missouri as your next State Representative. Show your support, donate to his campaign, let him know you’ve got his back."
J. Scott Christianson
"To tackle the significant challenges our community and world faces, we need to elect public servants like David Tyson Smith to office. Smith is a coalition builder, and he will work for the common good in Missouri's General Assembly. I wholeheartedly endorse David and look forward to calling him my representative."
Boone County Northern District Commissioner
“As a Boone County Commissioner, I know the value of being able to work closely with our state legislators since much of what we do is linked to state government. A state legislator who champions our county and understands our needs is critical to our county’s future. David Tyson Smith is such a person. He knows and loves Boone County. He knows and respects the law. He will represent us well.”
Former Columbia City Council Member
“2020 brought the historic election of the first black woman to represent Missouri in Congress. David will carry on that same trailblazing energy and commitment to public service here in Columbia, while fighting for equity for all Missourians.”
"There are times when nostalgia for one’s hometown and old friends become more than a fleeting thought. When I heard that David Tyson Smith was running for the Missouri legislature, my first thought was “Wow, that’s cool!” But then it hit me—we always knew he’d do something important with his life. Columbia needs Dave to take this step and more. Make him your next State Rep on April 6th, then watch him soar."
“David is a pleasure to work with. Always polite, prepared and thoughtful. His constituents will be well-represented.”
Mary A. Ratliff
“It is easy for me to endorse David Tyson Smith as a candidate for the 45th District. David comes qualified and equipped to serve as our Representative. He has distinguished himself as a true professional in his business practice and have been active in our community. He can be counted on to be truthful and keep his word when given. If elected I know we can count on David to work for the people of the 45th District and for the State of Missouri to bring about the changes that are necessary to make this State a State of inclusion representing all the people of his district. I whole heartedly endorse David Tyson Smith as a candidate to represent the 45th District in the Missouri General Assembly.”
Kylar W. Broadus, Esq.
"Furthering human rights has been my life’s mission as an activist, author, speaker, and professor—and with roots in Fayette, Missouri, I know what it takes to move the needle. David Tyson Smith has that ability. He’ll leave no one behind in moving human rights forward in Missouri. Join me in supporting my friend. He will make you proud."
Attorney, Florissant Ward 8 City Council Representative
Robert Parson, Jr.
"As a Florissant City Council Representative, I understand the time and dedication that David put into helping to create a Police Review Board in Columbia. The City of Florissant has had the benefit of building on David’s work as we used Columbia’s CPRB as a model in developing one for our city. I strongly endorse David for the Missouri legislature. Missouri needs his skills.”
Former Candidate for Congress MO-4
“David has been a champion of the people in his private practice and will serve the people of Missouri well. Vote for David Tyson Smith on April 6 in the special election and watch for David in the future. I believe he will do great things and have a great future helping Missouri.”
University of Missouri Professor Emeritus
William E. (Gene) Robertson
"Endorsing David Tyson Smith is both an opportunity and an investment in mid-Missouri's movement toward a dynamic presence in the legislature. He is a youthful representative of this community and is of impeccable character. I look forward to his future contributions as a legislator and as a role model for others.”
Former State Representative
"Without reservation I wholeheartedly endorse David Tyson Smith to represent the 45th district in the General Assembly. He has given of himself selflessly for kids and families in our community for many years and has what it takes to make a fine public servant. We will be lucky to have him looking after our interests.”
Columbia Business Owner
"To those of us committed to public service, I applaud David Tyson Smith’s willingness to take it to the next level. With a Republican supermajoirty in the House, he is not entering into the fray for the enjoyment. It speaks to his character that he is willing to do this, at this time, for the citizens of Columbia’s 45th House District. Make him your choice on April 6th.”
Attorney at Law, Winn Law Firm
“Missourians have an enormous opportunity under the leadership of David Tyson Smith to restore faith in our democracy, elevate the level of transparency in our government, and show all Americans the power of their vote.”
“David is a sincere advocate for the underserved and undervalued in our society, as evidenced by his legal career. I know that as state representative he will listen to his constituents and help address their concerns, just as he does with clients in his legal practice. I wholeheartedly endorse David Tyson Smith for state representative.”
“David Tyson Smith’s legal expertise, well-honed negotiation skills, and strong service ethic make him the ideal candidate for 45th District representative to the Missouri House. His commitment to public schools as the bedrock of our democracy and healthcare for all through Medicaid expansion are issues that we should all care about. I endorse David and strongly urge you to join me in electing him to this position.”
Former State Representative
"David Tyson Smith is the kind of person we need to represent Columbia. He's smart, involved in the community, and he'll bring common sense to a state legislature in dire need of good leadership. I fully support his candidacy and hope the citizens of the 45th District will vote for him on April 6th."
"Public service requires a significant commitment of time and energy. David Tyson Smith brings passion, legal expertise, and proven abilities, continuously working on issues that positively impact people in our community. I enthusiastically endorse David Tyson Smith for 45th District House Representative. Thank you for your willingness to serve!"
Kevin Stockard, M.D.
"I came to the University of Missouri as a professional engineer and left with a medical degree. Merging medicine and engineering was the door that opened a whole new career for me in the medical device industry. That same kind of merger of legal and negotiating skills with the political arena will serve David well as he carves a new role for himself in the state legislature. I’m betting on success!"
"David Tyson Smith has been selected to run for the seat vacated by Kip Kendrick as our state representative. That means that if elected DTS will be our voice in Jefferson City. His qualifications as an attorney should tell all Columbians that he will be an effective legislator. I have had the opportunity to speak to DTS on the issues facing all Missourians and that is why I'm proud to support him in this election cycle.”
Former Judge and State Representative
"When I was a Judge, David Tyson Smith often appeared in Court, often representing people who were unable to pay him. He was competent and professional, but more, he would go the extra mile to make sure his clients were treated justly. I knew then he would make an important difference. It is a great honor for me to enthusiastically endorse David Tyson Smith for election as our State Representative.”
“Many people have seen the knowledge and experience that David Tyson Smith brings to the courtroom, his energy and eloquence, but it’s outside the public sphere where David truly shines. He’s a natural leader, willing to be a fierce advocate for what is right and challenge what is wrong for the sake of the people.”
S. David Mitchell
"I have personally seen David’s work in creating and implementing the Columbia Citizens Review Board and his dedication to criminal justice reform. Because of my respect for his ability, compassion for his clients, and work ethic, David is one of few attorneys to whom I would refer clients. His standing in the community and his knowledge of the issues and challenges we face make David Tyson Smith the right candidate at precisely the right time.”
"I have had the pleasure to know David as a very capable attorney. He is well respected by the legal community as an honest, hard worker and a strong advocate for his clients. I believe that he has all of the qualities and tools to be an excellent representative for Boone County.”
Community & Human Rights Activist
James Figueroa-Robnett Jr.
“The Boone County residents of 45th Missouri House District will be greatly served by voting on Tuesday, April 6th to elect Attorney David Tyson Smith as their state representative. He will be a true public servant because he supports affordable health care, public education, the University of Missouri, where he is a graduate, and labor rights. He is an an advocate for justice and equality for all in our society.”
"As a public school educator, I am thrilled to support David Tyson Smith for State Representative. He will be a strong voice for public education. Our students and schools need Mr. Smith in the Missouri House of Representatives. He will advocate for what we need in our classrooms to ensure our students become the best they can be.”
The Sierra Club Osage Group Endorses David Tyson Smith
"We are pleased to inform you that the Sierra Club has endorsed your candidacy for Missouri State Representative for the 45th District for the 2021 election cycle, in appreciation for your commitment to protecting America's environment, protecting voting rights and your commitment to inclusion and equity for all."
Missouri National Education Association
"The Missouri National Education Association is Proud to endorse David Tyson Smith for House District 45. He is a strong advocate for public education.”