Carlos Guillermo Smith continues solid fundraising in HD 49

Carlos Guillermo Smith

Democratic candidate Carlos Guillermo Smith got through the candidate filing period with no primary opponent and only an independent waiting in the November election for Florida House District 49, but still had a nice campaign finance haul in June.

Smith’s campaign reported raising $9,051 in the June period ending June 24, and spent $5,690, leaving him with $82,959.

The latest numbers are not yet available through the Florida Division of Elections for Smith’s lone opponent, Shea Silverman of Orlando. He ended May with about $2,500 in the bank.

Smith is trying to win back the district for the Democrats. Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Rene Plasencia toppled Smith’s former boss, Joe Sanders, in the 2014 election, but Plasencia decided to run this year in House District 50 instead.

Scott Powers

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 Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused.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 [email protected]


  • Joel

    July 1, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Carlos’ opponent is a guy by the way

  • Richard Crooks

    July 1, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Do all of these politicians report this kind of income to the IRS

    • Casey

      July 3, 2016 at 4:25 pm

      Richard, campaigns are separate legal entities. Their fundraising is not income for the candidate. They file regular reports with the state division of elections about their fundraising and expenditures.

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