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David Simmons backs David Smith in HD 28 race

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, represening 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.”

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Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at scott@floridapolitics.com.

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