Carlos Guillermo Smith, has announced he is resigning from his position as Chairman of the Orange County Democratic Executive Committee, to focus on his run for Florida House District 49.
“Serving as Democratic Party Chairman since 2013 has been an honor and privilege.” said Smith “It hasn’t always been easy, but doing the good work of electing more Democrats who care about everyday working families is the reason I got involved. I’m proud of the Democratic field of candidates already lined up and on the way for 2016, which is the result of years of investment towards building our bench at the local level. As a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives District 49, it’s now time for me to focus on promoting my own campaign– whose message of affordable higher education, affordable healthcare, and social and economic justice for all Floridians is already resonating with voters. My time as party chairman may be coming to an end, but I will never stop fighting for the progressive values that Democrats stand for.”
Smith told the Observer that a new Chair could be selected at the August 17th meeting, and has chosen not to endorse a successor at this time.
The next OCDEC Chair will not have an easy task ahead of them and will have to help the local party recover from an election night dominated by Republicans last November. They will also have to work with a Florida Democratic Party which at times, struggled with it’s identity and has proven themselves dysfunctional, all the while preventing a local split into factions taking shape, caused by the 9th Congressional District primary between two of the area’s most powerful Democrats, State Senator Darren Soto and Congressional District Director Susannah Randolph (story HERE).
Smith himself is the early favorite in House District 49 which that consists of the University of Central Florida and East Orlando. Incumbent Rep. Rene Plasencia (R-Orlando) has announced he will be running in House District 50 next year.