FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2nd, 2016
CARLOS GUILLERMO SMITH BREAKS $100K IN HD 49 RACE
Smith remains top fundraiser for Central Florida House Democrats in 2016 cycle
ORLANDO, FL – Days after rolling out critical early endorsements from Florida Planned Parenthood PAC and the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association, Democratic candidate Carlos Guillermo Smith released May fundraising numbers for his campaign to win Florida House District 49. The first-time candidate raised $15,325 in May, bringing his total haul to date to $108,355.
“One year after announcing my candidacy for Florida House District 49, I am overwhelmed by how many people continue to show their support by donating to our campaign.” said Smith. “More than 85% of the contributions we have raised to date have come from REAL working people-- not the corporations or the 1%, but real everyday Floridians who are tired of business as usual in Tallahassee. They want something to vote for and they want bold, progressive leadership and new ideas. That’s why people are flocking to our campaign.”
This week also marks the one year anniversary of Smith’s entry to the race in 2015. Since then, the candidate has collected close to 700 individual contributions and has built a grassroots campaign fueled by modest donations from a statewide donor base of working class Floridians.
“A supermajority of Carlos’ supporters have not even come close to hitting the maximum contribution. Many of them will be ready to give again before the election when they know we will need their help. That’s the power of having a progressive message people can believe in. It means candidates like Carlos can rely on real people again and again to donate and fuel his campaign. It is those types everyday working Floridians he will be fighting for in Tallahassee….and that’s how it should be.” said Steven Lynch, Smith’s campaign manager.
Smith is running to win an open House seat in East Orlando currently represented by Republican Rene Plasencia. Two Republican challengers and one no party affiliation have also filed to run in HD 49.
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