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Royals Hall of Famer Frank White wins first political race

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JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -

Royals Hall of Famer Frank White swung for the fences and hit a home run in his first bid for political office.

White said he was excited about "the whole experience."

White beat retired firefighter Sherwood Smith to be the Democratic nominee for an open seat in the Jackson County Legislature. Theresa Garza is not seeking re-election and is expected to run for an open city council seat.

White will face Republican Weldon Woodward on the November ballot. Democrats are typically prohibitive favorites for the seat. That will certainly be the case for White who is one of the most widely known names in the Kansas City area.

White is an eight-time Gold Glove winner. He's been in the broadcast booth for the Royals and had an administrative role, but had a parting of the ways after being passed over once again for manager. He's also been affiliated with the T-Bones.

Smith is a longtime leader for the firefighters union. He had entered the race months before White's surprising announcement.

Smith has racked up significant endorsements including U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO, and Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster. He looked tired, but remained upbeat and positive when KCTV5's Betsy Webster talked about poll numbers, saying he ran a good campaign with limited resources.

"We worked hard," he said, adding his gratitude for his campaign workers.

Among those attending White's victory party were Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker and Sheriff Mile Sharp.

Some had expected Smith to exit the race when White filed.

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