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Winter Springs Republican David Smith announced Thursday that the state’s largest commercial construction trade group has endorsed his campaign for House District 28.

Associated Builders and Contractors is the commercial construction trade association for Central Florida and we are pleased to endorse David Smith for Florida House District 28,” said Mark Wylie, president and CEO of the Central Florida Chapter ABC.

“Our members include general contractor and subcontractors in all trades, as well as material and service providers, for the industry. David’s knowledge and understanding of the key issues affecting our industry, as well as specific educational programs is impressive. We believe he will work to create and sustain a business and regulatory environment that will result in a strong Florida economy and a growing workforce.”

The new endorsement for Smith, a Marine Corps veteran, follows recent nods from Republican Sen. David Simmons and current HD 28 Rep. Jason Brodeur, who leaving the seat due to term limits.

“I’m honored to have the support of the Associated Builders and Contractors,” Smith said. “As someone who graduated vocational training and started my work-life as a certified welder, I have great respect for the men and women that work in the trades. We see eye to eye on the issues that affect not only their industry, but what’s needed to create good jobs for Central Florida families.” Smith added.

HD 28 covers part of northeastern Seminole County, including Sanford, Winter Springs, Casselberry and Oviedo. Republican voters make up nearly 40 percent of the electorate in the Central Florida district, compared to a 33 percent share for Democrats.

The only other candidate running to succeed Brodeur is Democrat Lee Mangold.

As of May 31, Smith had nearly $150,000 in the bank for his campaign account including $85,000 in loans. Through the same date, Mangold had about $15,000 at the ready. His total includes $10,000 in loans.