Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, August 16, 2016 – Dick Greco, the four-time mayor of Tampa, today announced his endorsement of Rebecca Smith for the House District 60 seat, based in Hillsborough County.
“Linda and I have known Rebecca Smith for many years. She has earned our respect as a proven business leader,” Mayor Greco said. “Rebecca has also generously given of her time and resources to support our men and women in uniform. Now, more than ever, we need principled leaders in Tallahassee who will put principle before politics and support good public policy to help our community and state. Please join Linda and I in enthusiastically supporting Rebecca Smith for State Representative.”
Dick Greco served as Tampa’s 50th and 54th mayor. At 34 years of age, Greco was one of the youngest mayors of a major city in the United States. Under Greco's leadership, there was a substantial reduction in Tampa’s per capita crime rate during a period when comparable national statistics were up. He increased the Tampa police department's manpower and city employees were given new wages and benefits. During his second and third terms as mayor, Greco made numerous capital improvements to Tampa and improved the efficiency of city government.
“It is an incredible privilege and honor to receive the support of Mayor Greco,” said Rebecca Smith. “He has dedicated his life to shaping Tampa into the safe and thriving city it is today, and I hope to continue his legacy by working diligently to improve the quality of life for our community.”
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 Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, 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.