David Smith picks up more local officials’ endorsements in HD 28 contest

David Smith

Republican House District 28 candidate David Smith has picked up several more endorsement from local officials in Seminole County including County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg, and officials who praised his education and environmental views.

In addition to Greenberg, Smith’s campaign announced the new backings of Seminole County School Board Member Abby Sanchez and Seminole County Soil and Water District Vice Chairman David Mahnken on Thursday.

“He is a true patriot and will serve House District 28 well and faithfully,” Greenberg said of the retired U.S. Marines colonel, in a news release issued by Smith’s campaign.

“He is a proven leader and I’m confident that education will always be a priority for him,” Sanchez stated.

“His working knowledge and understanding of the environmental changes facing Florida comes from his willingness to listen and learn,” Mahnken said.

Smith, of Winter Springs, faces Democrat Lee Mangold of Casselberry in the contest seeking to succeed Republican state Rep. Jason Brodeur in the eastern Seminole County HD 28.

In addition to announcing the new endorsements, Smith’s campaign also announced a new fundraiser to be hosted by Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma on the evening of March 12 at the Cork & Olive restaurant in Lake Mary.

“I’m very pleased to have the full support of School Board Member Abby Sanchez, Vice Chair David Mahnken and Tax Collector Joel Greenberg” Smith stated in the release. “They are all principled leaders in their respective roles, serving our community to make it a better place for our residents, students and businesses. Their support is greatly appreciated.”

Scott Powers

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