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Florida representative dist. 11 candidate profile: Dave Smith

9:30 AM, Oct 9, 2012   |    comments
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Editor's note: The following information is from the Smith campaign.

Dave Smith is a Neptune Beach Democrat running for the Florida State House District 11 contest.

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Smith says he is 60 years old and have good health.  He received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish at Metropolitan State College in Denver, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Smith operated a studio of stained glass in Denver for 6 years. His career includes 12 years of teaching Spanish in public schools, including First Coast High and Baldwin Junior-Senior High. 

Smith has played bass guitar in music groups for many years. As an engineering assistant, he set up mathematical worksheets for turbine aerodynamics and other turbine design elements. His recent work includes talk radio hosting at 105.3 FM and caring for his 93-year-old parents. If Smith is elected he says he will make sure his parents have the care they need to continue living at home as they wish.

While originally from Schenectady, New York, Smith has lived in Duval County for 17 years and claim significant roots in Florida. His grandparents came to live near downtown Jacksonville in 1947, and his family visited Florida every year or two until their passing. Early memories include fishing off local bridges, riding the Mayport Ferry, and hunting for shells at Sanibel Island.

Smith says he has been a diligent observer and speaker at the Jacksonville City Council since 2000, studying the agendas carefully and listening to council debates. He is a past president of Concerned Taxpayers of Duval County, and has worked in various county- and district-wide political campaigns.

After qualifying by petition for State House District 18 in 2008, Smith said hegained 10,400 votes in the beaches portion alone.

In 2009, Smith says he was the only Democrat on the ballot in a special election for City Council District 13. 

Smith says he will introduce legislation to eliminate the ethics problems that make local government work mostly for the chosen favorites of the system.

"Tallahassee's version of business as usual has discouraged and demoralized the citizenry by favoring cronies. The revolving door between lobbying and public office has done serious damage to the public's trust in government, and I will seek ways to reduce and eliminate unethical role-playing for personal gain. Generally, I will oppose privatization, because it leads to croneyism, moves away from critical oversight, and does not save tax dollars," Smith writes on this campaign website.

Smith supports solar technology, construction that conserves energy, and a strong recycling program. He wants to study opportunities to improve and expand public spaces, maintain beaches, open river access, protect forests from clear-cutting, and  raise the quality of life for Floridians.

"I want to make Florida a better place for everyone to live, study, work, visit, and enjoy. A vote for me will bring integrity and a fresh approach to state government. You have my word on that," Smith writes.

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