Setting the Record Straight

"I am not a politician. I started this campaign with no name recognition and without the benefit of a decade’s worth of campaigning. When you take on the establishment, and they are threatened by a new voice with real ideas that are in the best interest of the people, and since they don’t have new ideas of their own, they resort to trying to take you down; misconstruing history, spreading falsehoods and outright lies. We won't let them. Mississippi deserves better than inaccurate rumors that are meant to be a distraction from recognizing the failed politics of the past. Being #50 for the last 10 years in almost everything that matters is why it’s time to throw out the old and bring in the new." - Howard Sherman

THE RUMOR: Howard Sherman is not a Democrat.

THE FACTS: FALSE.

“My first memory of an election was walking door-to-door with my Father passing out flyers, bumper stickers and pins for John F. Kennedy. ‘We are proud Democrats,’ my Dad said to me, explaining that JFK represented everything he believed in: justice, equality, the common good. I still have my JFK pin locked away in a safety deposit box.”

Howard Sherman is a proud and strong Democrat. And since his father first extolled the Democratic ideals many years ago, he has held firm to those beliefs. He has and always will work tirelessly to improve schools, create good jobs, and improve healthcare so it is affordable and universal. Yes, Sherman briefly changed his party registration status in California.  At the time, the California Democratic Party was out of touch on issues relating to everyday Californians, going so far as voting on policies that caused jobs and businesses to leave the state.  However, Sherman never wavered from the National Democratic Party and voted for Democrats in all presidential general elections. He has always stayed true to his Democratic ideals and his humanistic view on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, which has only grown stronger and more resolute through the years. Being a business owner with an undying commitment to equality and fairness regarding pay and opportunity for minorities and women.  Being a healthcare innovator who knows what happens when affordable healthcare is not available to all.  Being a parent who personally understands the critical importance that quality education plays in the lives of the next generation of leaders.

THE RUMOR: Howard Sherman will switch parties once elected.

THE FACTS: FALSE.

Howard Sherman is the ticket leader in the Democratic Primary for the US Senate and will stay a Democrat. Any accusation or claim that Sherman would switch parties after the election is, quite simply, a lie.

THE RUMOR: Howard Sherman donated to Roger Wicker. 

THE FACTS: TRUE.

Before Doug Jones' historic victory in Alabama, the debate in Mississippi wasn't, “What Democrat can beat Roger Wicker?” Instead, the fear held by Democrats was, “What if Chris McDaniel beats Roger Wicker?” Knowing the extreme positions of McDaniel – that he represents everything Mississippi is trying to move forward from – and having to make a choice between McDaniel and Wicker, Howard Sherman made a donation to Wicker with the specific purpose of stopping Chris McDaniel. 30,000 Democrats made a similar choice in 2014  when they voted for Republican Thad Cochran in order to defeat Chris McDaniel rather than vote for the Democrat in the race. It is ridiculous to contend that Howard Sherman supports Roger Wicker; he's running against Roger Wicker. 

THE RUMOR: Howard Sherman has given donations to both parties.

THE FACTS: TRUE.

Sherman and his family have made numerous donations to Democrats (Bill Luckett, Senator Kamala Harris, Tracey Rosebud, Bennie Thompson, Mike Espy, etc.) including proudly hosting a fundraiser for Senator Kamala Harris at their home. Aside from the Wicker donation described above, there were two instances in which he made donations to Republicans. One was to Mississippi’s Senator Trent Lott, to acknowledge his tireless bipartisan work on behalf of Mississippi’s most vulnerable children and the work done by Hope Village. The second was when Sherman joined forces with a Noble Prize winner in chemistry who needed to meet with the NIH and DARPA regarding a post-9/11 technology project. Fortunately, Sherman’s attorney was able to make the proper introductions to those key people at a Jeff Sessions cocktail party, and the project – which could save millions of American lives – was ultimately fully funded. 

THE RUMOR: Howard Sherman voted for Donald Trump.

THE FACTS: FALSE.

Sherman did not donate to, did not support, and did not vote for Donald Trump. 

THE RUMOR: Howard Sherman supported, contributed to and/or voted for Mitt Romney.

THE FACTS: FALSE.

Sherman did not donate to, did not support, and did not vote for Mitt Romney. 

THE RUMOR: Howard Sherman did not support and in fact worked against President Obama.

THE FACTS: FALSE.

Howard Sherman supported and voted for President Obama in both the 2008 and 2012 general elections.

THE RUMOR: Howard Sherman does not support the Affordable Care Act.

THE FACTS: FALSE.

As a healthcare innovator, Howard Sherman works every day on solutions that lower healthcare costs for all.  He feels strongly that while the Affordable Care Act is not perfect, until a better system for providing affordable healthcare that includes pre-existing conditions is available to all, the ACA must remain the law and Medicaid expansion must be a requirement for people in the “gap.”

THE RUMOR: Howard Sherman supported John McCain over Barack Obama.  

THE FACTS: FALSE.

Senator McCain visited Meridian, MS on a national tour starting with Meridian’s military base that bears his family name. His scheduler called Sela and Howard to request a dinner meeting with the Senator followed by a morning tour of Hope Village in order to discuss the plight of foster kids and what best practices had been developed in the care of Mississippi’s kids. McCain invited other members of the community to attend however Howard and Sela made it clear they were not endorsing, nor supporting Senator McCain against President Obama and therefore all costs associated with the dinner were incurred by McCain’s campaign. Howard is proud of the work he has done with Mississippi’s kids and has garnered support from both Republicans and Democrats as he knows the health and well-being of Mississippi’s kids must transcend political party.

THE RUMOR: Howard Sherman donated to and voted for John McCain against President Obama.

THE FACTS: FALSE.

Howard Sherman has never donated to, nor voted for John McCain.

THE RUMOR: Howard Sherman does not live in Mississippi.

THE FACTS: FALSE.

Shortly after marrying in 1992, Howard and Meridian-native Sela Ward bought a home outside of Meridian. Since then they lived between California (where Sela’s television shows have been filmed) and Meridian until September 2016 when they moved to Mississippi full-time.  Howard and Sela founded Hope Village for Children in 2000 and have already helped over 3,000 children whose parents’ rights have been terminated or who are in need of care prior to or after placement with a foster family. In addition, Howard and/or Sela have been integral in multiple community projects such as the Mississippi Arts & Entertainment Experience, the creation of the Riley Center, the restoration of the Opera House, and the resurrection of Weidmann’s restaurant. Currently, Howard is working with a local hospital to incorporate telemedicine, low cost blood tests, “Medical Tourism” (making maximum use of equipment hospitals already own), and to lower infection rates in the operating room. In education, Howard has launched a community for Mississippi entrepreneurs (www.ideavillagems.org) and will debut his “Mississippi Math” phone APP in September. With no agenda other than to help make peoples’ lives better, Howard and Sela are dedicating their lives to Mississippi – their home.