Candidate for State House District 49 Carlos Guillermo Smith announced the details of his campaign kick-off this morning. The event will take place on July 9th in Downtown Orlando.
Smith, who also serves as the Chairman of the Orange County Democratic Executive Committee, announced his candidacy last week, along with the endorsement of former State Representative Joe Saunders. Saunders was defeated last November by House 49 incumbent Rene Plasencia (R-Orlando). Plasencia has since announced he will run in the neighboring 50th district in 2016 (story HERE).
The 49th District consists of parts of East Orlando and the University of Central Florida. The area leans Democrat, and the nominee will have an edge heading into the Presidential contest in 2016. Smith faces primary opposition from Gus Martinez, however Martinez is a relative unknown in the area and hasn’t announced any events or fundraising efforts. Republican Businessman Peter Vivaldi has also expressed interest in a potential run.
You can view the flyer below….