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Today, the Florida Democratic Party is proud to endorse former Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith for Florida Senate District 17.

A respected civil rights leader and UCF graduate, Carlos Guillermo Smith is a proven champion of freedom and equality for all Floridians. Since his campaign launch in April 2023, Carlos has earned endorsements from nearly every local elected Democratic leader and organized labor union, and raised over $350,000 from more than 1,600 individual donors, 93% of which was raised from Floridians. 

“Orlando deserves representation in the Florida Senate that they know and trust, who will stand up for hard-working Floridians, and who will fight back against the GOP’s extreme agenda,” said FDP Chair Nikki Fried.

“A three-time elected member of the Florida House, Carlos is a well-known community leader who has championed housing affordability, teacher pay, gun safety, and LGBTQ+ equality. He has a proven record of successfully holding the DeSantis administration accountable, especially after recently winning a long-fought COVID public records lawsuit against the state that protected Floridians’ constitutional right to know. In the Florida Senate, Carlos will continue holding this administration accountable, while fighting for the freedom of all Floridians to be healthy, prosperous, and safe.” 

“Carlos has inspired and energized exactly the type of grassroots coalition that Florida Democrats need to win in 2024.That’s why the Florida Democratic Party is proud to endorse his campaign for Florida Senate District 17.”

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