Orange County Soil and Water District Supervisor Eric Rollings has received the endorsement of state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith for the election to the Orange County Commission’s District 3 seat, Rollings’ campaign announced Wednesday.

“For years I’ve worked with Eric to preserve environmentally-sensitive lands east of the Econ River, and regulate harmful plastic bags and Styrofoam at the local and state level, and I know Eric Rollings is going to be a strong voice for the environment on the Orange County Board of County Commissioners,” Smith states in a video released by Rollings’ campaign.

Smith, an Orlando Democrat who is openly gay, also notes in the video that Rollings would be the first openly-gay commissioner in our county’s history, “Which means we know we have a strong voice for equality at the local level.”

Rollings, a progressive Democrat, is in wide-open battle with other Democrats and Republicans for the non-partisan OC District 3 seat, which covers south-central and some of east Orange County, and overlaps with Smith’s House District 49 in a portion of east Orange County.

Others in the race are Pete Crotty, former Belle Isle Commissioner Bobby Lance, Gus Martinez, retired Orange County Police officer Bill Moore, former Orange County Commission aide Mayra Uribe, and Randy Whiting. They all seek to succeed incumbent Commissioner Pete Clarke, who is running for Orange County mayor.

If no one receives more than 50 percent of the vote in the August 28 county election, then the top two move on to the November election.

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