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HD 60 candidate Rebecca Smith announces raising nearly $200K in May – most of it from herself

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The campaign for Tampa businesswoman Rebecca Smith, running as a Republican for the House District 60 seat being vacated by Dana Young, announced on Wednesday that it will report $199,428 collected in the month of May in the coming days. That includes contributions from supporters totaling $33,900, along with a contribution by Smith herself of $165,528 to her own campaign.

The new report now brings her total cash raised since announcing her candidacy in March to over $312,000, with $287,000 cash on hand.

Smith is running against Tampa civil engineer Jackie Toledo in the GOP primary on August 30. Toledo has yet to announce her fundraising totals for May.

Last month, Smith defeated Toledo 72-28 in a straw poll of that race at the Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee.

“After receiving strong support and encouragement from many throughout our community to run for office more than 90 days ago, I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of so many, both of their financial resources, and by the tremendous contribution of their time, to our campaign,” said Smith. “I am committed to working tirelessly every day on behalf of the residents of District 60.  I am humbled by the trust and confidence of so many thus far and look forward to re-doubling our campaign efforts in the days ahead as we press forward to the primary election.”

Smith heads AD Morgan Construction, a construction management firm located in Tampa. She most recently served as  Chair of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority, before resigning her position to run for state House.

The winner of the GOP primary will take on Democrat David Singer in November.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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