Orange County Democratic Executive Committee Chairman and candidate for House District 49 Carlos Guillermo Smith announced this morning that he’s brought in about $21.4K in campaign contributions for June, and formally announced endorsements from 3 of Orange County’s elected leaders.
County Tax Collector Scott Randolph, Property Appraiser Rick Singh, and Clerk of Courts Tiffany Moore-Russell have all thrown their support behind Smith, Randolph had these remarks about Smith and his campaign,
“Since serving as my legislative aide in the Florida House, Carlos has mastered the process of being an effective advocate in our state Capitol on the issues that voters care about the most. Not only will he be a great legislator and champion for his constituents, but leaders like Carlos are the future of the Democratic Party.”
Some of the notable names listed on Smith’s fundraising reports include Vice-Chair of the Florida Democratic Party, Alan Clenedin, Orange County School Board Members Darryl Flynn, and Nancy Robinson, as well as former State Representative Joe Saunders, and Karen Castor-Dentel.
Smith faces primary opposition from Gus Martinez, who has yet to post any fundraising numbers. Their running to replace incumbent Rene Plasencia (R-Orlando), who has announced his is running in District 50 next year.
None of the endorsements or donations should come as a surprise. Most of the early supporters for Smith’s campaign were listed on the host committee for his Campaign Kick-Off later this week (story HERE).
“The amount of support and enthusiasm we have seen this early towards our campaign tells us that our message is resonating. The everyday working families and students in House District 49 need someone from the community who has consistently fought for the issues most important to voters– well-paid jobs, affordable healthcare and affordable college, and matters of social and economic justice. We need new voices who will govern this state in a responsible way, and I will be ready to do that on day one.”