Tampa, Fla., Wednesday, August 24, 2016 – Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd today announced his endorsement of Rebecca Smith for the House District 60 seat, based in Hillsborough County.
"Rebecca Smith has the character and integrity to serve the residents of Florida House District 60 as their State Representative,” said Sheriff Judd. “I've known Rebecca for many years and know that her word is her bond. She is honest, straightforward, and direct. Rebecca has a deep and abiding respect for law enforcement and first responders. We can count on Rebecca Smith to make sure those who wear a badge have the tools needed to keep our communities safe and secure. Rebecca has my strong support and I urge you to cast your vote for Rebecca Smith for State Representative in the Primary Election."
After beginning his career with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in 1972 as a dispatcher, Sheriff Judd quickly progressed through every rank – from Corporal to Colonel. Sheriff Judd was first elected in 2004, and re-elected in 2008 and 2012. Sheriff Judd has earned higher education degrees through the Masters level and has graduated from the FBI National Academy, as well as several other prestigious law enforcement academies, and has taught 23 years at both the University of South Florida and Florida Southern College. He is also currently serving as the Vice President of the Major Counties Sheriffs Association.
“I am thankful for the outpouring of support from the law enforcement community and those that dedicate their lives to keeping us safe and secure,” said Rebecca Smith. “As former president of the Florida Sheriffs Association, Sheriff Judd knows what our law enforcement and first responders need to successfully protect our community. I am happy to stand with those that wear the badge and work with community leaders like Sheriff Judd to ensure the continued safety of our residents.”
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 CFO Jeff Atwater, Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Mayor Dick Greco, 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.
To learn more about Rebecca Smith and her campaign for State Representative, District 60, please visit the campaign website at http://www.voterebeccasmith.com.