Local Episcopal bishop a candidate for national leadership

Bishop Dabney T. Smith, head of the Diocese of Southwest Florida, which includes the Tampa Bay area, is one of four candidates being considered to lead the Episcopal Church. [Times files (2007)]
Bishop Dabney T. Smith, head of the Diocese of Southwest Florida, which includes the Tampa Bay area, is one of four candidates being considered to lead the Episcopal Church. [Times files (2007)]
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Bishop Dabney T. Smith, head of the Diocese of Southwest Florida, which includes the Tampa Bay area, is one of four candidates being considered to lead the Episcopal Church.

The election for Presiding Bishop will take place at the church's 78th General Convention in Salt Lake City this summer.

In a letter to the diocese, Smith said he was "deeply honored to be on this list of candidates." Other nominees are Bishop Michael Curry of the Diocese of North Carolina, Bishop Ian Douglas of the Diocese of Connecticut and Bishop Tom Breidenthal of the Diocese of Southern Ohio.

If elected, Smith would become the 27th Presiding Bishop of the 2.1 million-member Episcopal Church, which is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

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