Winter Springs Republican David Smith announced Tuesday he has gathered enough certified petition signatures to qualify for the 2018 ballot running for Seminole County-based House District 28.

Smith, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel and business consultant, is running to replace Republican state Rep. Jason Brodeur, who is running for the Florida Senate. There are two other candidates, Republican Chris Anderson, a Seminole County deputy sheriff from Lake Mary; and Democrat Lee Mangold, a Casselberry businessman.

Smith has submitted 1,122 valid signatures.

“I’m truly grateful for all the hard work by my volunteer staff and I’m especially thankful for the support and encouragement I’ve received throughout Seminole County,” Smith stated in a news release. “Qualifying by petition demonstrates our strong grassroots support across House District 28. Our conservative message resonates with voters. This is a significant milestone in the campaign, but I know there is still a lot more work to be done. We’ll keep working hard, meeting with voters, listening to their concerns and sharing our conservative plan for Central Florida.”

Smith also has raised over $60,000, mostly from Central Florida donors, and contributed $60,000 himself to the campaign – which currently has $105,000 cash on hand.

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  1. Bob

    I would not endorse Smith for dog catcher. I had to work for that POS for 3 years. Narsicit SOB. I would not piss on him to put out a fire on him.


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