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Jason Smith

For Local 4321 President

It’s official! I’ve decided to run for President of our union. As it will ultimately be up to the body to make that final decision. I will accept nominations in August and press forward thereafter.

Vision, Issues, & Values

I have 10 years left within this department before I retire. A majority of the board who represents our daily concerns has either met the time on the job and retired or is nearing the end. It’s time to step in and take the lead while some potential mentoring can still be done. Also, I believe in transparency. There are times I see the union operating within blurred lines which need to be clear for the body.

Since 2005, I have worked my way up as a Sergeant of Arms, Staff Representative and Vice President. I have handled grievances, I.A. cases, and union contracts. I believe with my experience, I can continue with assisting in managing our union needs, wants, and desires.

The Leadership Our Union Needs Right Now

About Jason

Since my first union election in 2005, I have served as sergeant of arms, staff representative and Vice President. As Vice President, I was responsible for advocating the needs and identifying the critical issues affecting 650 active and retired Broward County Firefighters. In addition, I have been on the contract negotiating team, chair of our crash advisory board, and manager of “Fire Ops 101”.
I have spent my career as a Firefighter/ Paramedic in various locations, many which have diverse neighborhoods. It was these stations and neighborhoods where I developed my passion for advocating for the rights of my fellow brother and sister Firefighters.
I currently live in Cooper City with my wife Rachael and our two daughters, Madison and Brooke.
I’ve been blessed to have had mentors that believed in succession training. As in all leadership positions, my goal is to press through barriers and find new innovative ideas, at the same time preserving solid standard practices. I use every opportunity to engage with my colleagues and strive to learn and expand my knowledge within our field. 

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Here are some answers to commonly asked questions

There are many members that have questions for me. Below are a few that I have heard and I wanted you to see my response:
 
Who are you going to run against?

As of now, my option would be our current President Tory Fatjo. 



Do you have many tasks on your plate right now, if so, can you handle it plus President?

No, I resigned from Barry University one year ago. I took up flying which I achieved my Private license, but decided to hold off from further endorsements to commit to the position of the Presidency. More importantly, I have spoken to my family and have their 100% support. 


Why do you want to run?

I have at minimum 10 years left within this department before I retire. A majority of the board who represents our daily concerns has either met the time on the job and retired or is nearing the end. It’s time to step in and take the lead. Also, I believe in transparency. There are times I see the union operating within blurred lines which need to be clear for the body. There is no perfect solution to all of the hurdles that we will face, but with my prior union experience, and experience from running other larger organizations, I believe I can navigate our union with success.


What do you bring to the union President table?
Since 2005, I have worked my way up as a Sergeant of Arms, Staff Representative and Vice President. I have handled grievances, I.A. cases, and union contracts. I believe with my experience, I can continue with assisting in managing our union needs, wants, and desires.


Why do I believe there has been poor union meeting attendance?

In my opinion there are various issues going on, but I will only speak on one. I believe many members feel their voices won’t be heard. That is horrible! I feel a lack of attendance maybe from lack of faith! The eboard is voted by us and solely there to represent us and our contract. Priorities need to be established and followed through. 

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