House District 28 Republican candidate David Smith picked up an early endorsement in the 2018 cycle from Seminole County Commissioner Bob Dallari, his campaign announced Thursday.

“Colonel David Smith is a proven leader,” said Dallari. “He is a committed conservative with a passion for service to his country and community. David’s storied military background, business experience and deep roots in Central Florida make him highly qualified to represent our community in the Florida House of Representatives. He shares our traditional values and I’m proud to give my personal endorsement and full support to his campaign for House District 28.”

Smith said he was “honored to have the early support of a suburb public servant like Commissioner Dallari,” adding that he and Dallari “are both committed to bringing high quality jobs to Seminole County.”

Smith, a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, is currently the only Republican running for the District 28 seat currently held by Republican Rep. Jason Brodeur, who terms out in 2018.

Smith has lived in Florida since 1972 and has worked in the modeling, simulation and training industry since retiring from active duty.

In addition to being an active member of the Central Florida Veterans community, Smith is part of the Winter Springs Rotary Club, Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce and CrossLife Church. He is also a member of the Seminole County Republican Executive Committee.

The district, which covers part of Seminole County, leans toward Republicans with 44,000 registered GOP voters compared to 37,000 registered Democrats.

Brodeur beat his Democratic opponent in 2012 with 66 percent vote, followed by a 68-32 drubbing in 2014. In 2016, he beat Libertarian Steve Edmonds with 64 percent of the vote.

So far, the only other candidate filed to take over for Brodeur is Democrat Devin Perez, who filed for the seat in February and has so far raised $300.

Smith, who filed at the tail end of last month, kicked off his campaign with a $25,000 loan.

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