Adam Putnam, Jeff Atwater endorse Rebecca Smith in Tampa's House District 60
Construction company owner Rebecca Smith has picked up endorsements from two of Florida’s cabinet officers, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, for her run for state House District 60.
In statements released through the campaign, Putnam and Atwater both described Smith as a proven leader with a business background that will translate well to the Legislature.
“I have known Rebecca Smith for many years,” Atwater said, adding she “knows how to get things done. Rebecca shares my conservative philosophy of lower taxes, less government, more personal freedom and personal responsibility.”
Previously, Smith, the founder of the A.D. Morgan Corp., picked up support from developer and former ambassador Mel Sembler, Hillsborough Sheriff David Gee, former Gov. Bob Martinez and former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker.
Smith is running against civil engineer Jackie Toledo in the Aug. 30 Republican primary. The winner will face Democrat David Singer in the Nov. 8 general election. House District 60 covers the south Tampa peninsula, Davis Islands and coastal areas along the bay from Dana Shores to the western part of Ruskin. It is currently represented by Dana Young, who is leaving the seat to run for state Senate in District 18.