Tampa, Fla., Monday, August 15, 2016 – Florida’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jeff Atwater and Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam today announced their endorsement of Rebecca Smith for the House District 60 seat, based in Hillsborough County.
Here are their statements of support:
From CFO Atwater: “I have known Rebecca Smith for many years. Rebecca is a proven business leader who knows how to get things done. Rebecca shares my conservative philosophy of lower taxes, less government, more personal freedom and personal responsibility. Rebecca has fought for our men and women in uniform, she will strongly support our law enforcement and first responders, and she knows how to create jobs and grow Tampa’s economy. Rebecca’s experience and background, combined with her true desire to serve and represent her community, make her well qualified to represent the residents of Florida House District 60. In the Primary Election, I ask that you cast your vote for my friend, Rebecca Smith, for State Representative, District 60.
From Commissioner Putnam: "Rebecca Smith is the right choice for Republicans in House District 60. “Rebecca is a proven leader, who has served the community and fights hard for our shared values. I know Rebecca Smith to have the highest character and integrity and she put principles above politics. Rebecca Smith will stand strong for what’s right and we can count on her.”
Smith is the founder and president of A.D. Morgan Corporation in Tampa, and is a member of the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority. A.D. Morgan Corporation was named the 2015 Contractor of the Year by AIA Tampa Bay. House District 60 includes all of South Tampa, much of south Hillsborough County, and Town N Country.
Today’s endorsement builds upon previously received endorsements from General David M. “Tanker” Snyder, former U.S. Ambassador Melvin Floyd "Mel" Sembler, Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee, Speaker of the Florida House Will Weatherford, Governor Bob and Mary Jane Martinez, Mayor Rick Baker and Commissioner Al Higginbotham. Organizational endorsements throughout the campaign include the Tampa Bay Times, Florida Chamber of Commerce, Greater Tampa Association of REALTORS®, Associated Builders and Contractors Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, La Gaceta Newspaper, Florida Realtors Political Advocacy Committee, Florida Right to Life PAC, Florida Family Policy Council, National Association Black Women in Construction and Florida Architects’ Political Action Committee. Rebecca Smith also earned a majority of the vote in the most recent Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee straw poll, with a final tally of 72-28 votes.