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Republican HD 60 candidate Rebecca Smith gets endorsement from contractors group

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Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Florida Gulf Coast Chapter is endorsing Rebecca Smith for the House District 60 seat based in Hillsborough County.

“Today, we are pleased to offer our endorsement of Rebecca Smith to become the District 60 Representative to the Florida State Legislature,” said Steve Cona III, President and CEO of the group. “Rebecca has been a long-standing business leader in the Tampa area for more than three decades. The success of her construction management company, A.D. Morgan Corporation, demonstrates her understanding of the importance of the construction industry in Florida and the jobs that are created by our industry.

Smith is the founder and president of A.D. Morgan Corporation in Tampa, a company she founded in 1989. She is also a member of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority, and announced her candidacy seat just two weeks ago.

“I am grateful for this endorsement from one our area’s most respected member organizations and look forward to representing the people residing in District 60 in the State Legislature in Tallahassee,” Smith said in a statement.

House District 60 has been represented by Dana Young in the Florida Legislature since 2010. Young announced earlier this year that she would run for the newly created state Senate District 18.

House District 60 includes all of South Tampa, much of south Hillsborough County, and Town N Country.

Smith is a Republican, the second to enter the contest. Engineer Jackie Toledo has also announced her candidacy for the seat. Toledo lost an extremely close bid for the Tampa City Council a year ago.

No Democrat has entered the contest at this time.

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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