Florida Politics

June 15, 2018

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Longtime legislative leader state Sen. David Simmons has given his endorsement to David Smith in the race for Florida House District 28 in eastern Seminole County.

The endorsement gives Smith a clean sweep of the entire Seminole County state legislative delegation, as state Reps. Jason Brodeur [the incumbent in HD 28,] Scott Plakon, and Bob Cortes already have thrown their support behind him. All are Republicans, as is Smith.

Simmons, representing state Senate District 9 covering all of Seminole County, delivered his endorsement in a hand-written note to Smith Thursday.

“Although my campaign remains focused on grassroots efforts such as door knocking and public events, these are powerful endorsements that will add to my momentum,” Smith stated.

Smith, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel and business consultant from Winter Springs, is vying against Democrat Lee Mangold, a Casselberry resident who owns a cybersecurity business.

“I’m truly humbled and honored to have the endorsement and full support of Sen. David Simmons,” Smith stated in a news release. “Sen. Simmons has been a role model for building consciences and working the tough issues on behalf of all Floridians. I greatly appreciate his mentorship and look forward to serving with him in Tallahassee.”