Republican state House candidate David Smith has received the endorsement of the Everglades Trust for his bid to be elected in Florida’s House District 28, his campaign announced Friday.

“After careful consideration, Everglades Trust is proud to give you our endorsement. Each part of our state is unique and important, but as one of the most unique ecosystems on the planet, as well as the source of drinking water for one out of three Floridians, the Everglades, Florida Bay and the northern estuaries are especially vital,” Everglades Trust Executive Director Kimberly Mitchell stated in a news release issued by Smith’s campaign. “On behalf of the trust’s board, I thank you for stepping up to serve and care for America’s Everglades.”

Smith, a business consultant from Winter Springs, faces Democrat Lee Mangold, a cyber security businessman from Casselberry, for the seat opening up in HD 28, to represent northeast Seminole Couty.

In a statement announcing the endorsement, Smith noted that Republicans aren’t always considered to be environmentalists, “but we should be. Especially in Florida.

“I’m humbled by the strong support from the Everglades Trust,” he stated in the release. “From the very start, I’ve made environmental protection and preservation a major focus of my campaign. Seminole County, has an even more unique challenge due to our rural boundary restrictions, but like the Everglades, I’m committed to preserving and protecting Florida natural beauty.”

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