As a lifelong resident of the St. Louis area, Clem was raised to be an active member of his community. At the age of nine, he accompanied his father to a demonstration against a department store chain because of their discriminatory hiring practices. From that moment on, he knew he would have to be involved to make a difference.
Clem’s long family history of community involvement in the district began when his grandparents moved into Velda Village Hills in 1970 and his grandmother setup a neighborhood watch. Since moving to the 71st District Clem has continued family tradition. He is an active member of the Normandy Township Democratic Club and was elected as an Obama Delegate to the Missouri Democratic Convention in 2008. His other memberships include the NAACP, Young Democrats of St. Louis, Multiple Sclerosis Society, North County Labor, and North County Citizens Group.
After graduating from Clayton High School, Clem began working for Chrysler LLC where he became an active member of the United Auto Workers Local 136 and was elected Recording Secretary and to the UAW’s statewide Political Action Committee. During that time, he pushed for legislation in Jefferson City and Washington D.C. to improve conditions for working families and their communities. Due to the economic downturn, Chrysler shutdown its’ St. Louis operations, and Clem faced an uncertain future like many families during this tough economy.
Due to the efforts of the State of Missouri and St. Louis County government, Clem was able to take part in a worker retraining program that led to gainful employment. He is now an employee of The Boeing Company and member of the International Association of Machinist District 837. Clem also holds an appointment to Missouri’s Vocational Enterprise Program where he serves on the advisory board.
Clem Smith’s campaign will focus on Economic Development, Worker Rights and Retraining, Strengthening Public Education, and Preserving Social programs. As a State Representative, he will be a voice for our issues and stand on the frontline of our battles.
He will remain focused on improving the conditions of citizens throughout the 71st District.
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